Linda Reilly - Blue, M.H.S.A.
Robyn Redinger, Ph.D., BCBA
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Linda Reilly-Blue (Executive Director) has been working with children for over twenty five years. She holds an Associate's Degree in Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Counseling from Middlesex Community College in Middletown, Connecticut, a B.S. In Psychology from St. Joseph's College in West Hartford, CT, and a Master's Degree in Administration from Antioch University in Keene, New Hampshire. Linda began her career at the Children's Home of Cromwell, CT in 1984. She served as a childcare worker, a unit supervisor, the agency's first trainer and Director of Residential Services. She then began an in-home parent training and support agency in Pennsylvania, but soon returned to Connecticut and began her life as the mother of six boys and a girl, six of whom have special needs and challenges. Linda is a Parent Education Practitioner and a certified Birth Doula contracting with both the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Service. Linda recently finished serving on the Board of Directors of the Children's Home in Cromwell, CT, after seven years of service. She was a founding member of The Way, a service organization whose goal is to mentor young inter-city women. Linda recently received the organizations "Heroine Award" for her life's dedication to bettering the lives of children.
Carol D'Amora (Clinical Director) received an M.S.W. from Indiana University after completing her undergraduate work at Marian College. In her early career she worked as a social worker in the child welfare field. She specialized in training and supporting parents of very difficult children. In that role she developed a curriculum to assist parents in acquiring the skills necessary to act as change agents in the lives of their children. She later became the Executive Director of a service for runaway and homeless youth and subsequently developed a program for parents to help their children who had experienced sexual trauma. Over many years, Carol studied and trained with Dr. Wolfensburger from Syracuse University who developed one of the first value based assessments of human services. Carol was also the Executive Director of Interfaith Housing, a service for homeless people. In 1991 Carol assisted in the development of a professional foster parent program which still thrives today. She trained and supported parents as they opened their homes and hearts to previously institutionalized children with severe problems. Carol has extensive experience in the educational system as well and has been an advocate for inclusion. She has trained numerous teachers and support staff on how to best reach students that appear unteachable. Carol is the mother of seven children.
Dr. Robyn Redinger (Behavior Analyst) received a B.A. in English Education from Purdue University. She taught high school English in Baltimore, Maryland, for five years before going to Ohio State University where she received an M.A. and a Ph.D in Special Education. For a year she did post-doctoral studies in the Psychology Department at Western Michigan University where she focused on learning about language acquisition and complex human interactions. After that year Robyn moved to Minnesota where she worked as a licensed psychologist for five years at Brainerd State Hospital. In 2011 she became a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA). She moved to Connecticut in 1987 to start a professional parent program and has worked with families and children since then. She is a member of the Association of Behavior Analysis International. Robyn has an adult son who has special needs.