Who We Are

Mission

The mission of the MOMS Partnership® is to reduce depressive symptoms and increase social and economic mobility among over-burdened, under-resourced mothers, thereby strengthening generations of families to flourish and succeed.

Vision Statement

The MOMS Partnership imagines a world where every mother receives optimal mental health care, where her basic needs are met, and where the community is responsive to her needs.

Guiding Values and Beliefs

  • We believe that family wellness first begins with mothers.
  • We believe that quality care is culturally responsive and gender specific.
  • We believe that a mother includes all women who are either pregnant and/or parenting.
  • We believe family social and economic mobility is integral to family wellness.
  • We believe that systems transformation is essential to maternal and child emotional wellness.

How We Fulfill Our Mission

  • Conduct mental health treatments specific to mothers
  • Develop a maternal mental health-literate, community-based workforce
  • Provide leadership for and conduct research on family mental health and its connection to social and economic mobility
  • Provide centralized family economic success and job readiness supports
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  • Megan Smith

    Founder, Principal Investigator (PI), Executive Director, MOMS Partnership

    Megan V. Smith, MPH, DrPH is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and in the Child Study Center in the Yale School of Medicine and in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the Yale School of Public Health. Smith is the Founder and Director of the nationally acclaimed Mental health Outreach for MotherS (MOMS) Partnership, a community-academic partnership to improve maternal mental health among low-income women through a community-driven, place-based approach. Dr. Smith is also the Principal Investigator of Elevate, a policy lab to elevate mental health and disrupt poverty. Smith is currently working to transform systems of mental health care for low-income women with a particular focus on reducing mental health inequities related to race, ethnicity and poverty. Smith has numerous publications related to poverty, mental health and gender, and serves as Principal Investigator on studies ranging from the epidemiology of depressive and anxiety disorders in the perinatal period to the utilization of mobile health technology to reduce depression in mothers.

  • Lizzie Bjork

    Lizzie Bjork is an Elevate Intern for the Summer and Fall of 2019, working with the Senior Specialist for Policy Innovation and Impact on Elevate’s policy portfolio, which strives to create a policy environment that supports family mental health. Lizzie is an undergraduate at Yale University where she is majoring in history, with a concentration in US foreign policy, and minoring in Spanish. Previously, she has conducted policy research in the office of US Senator Kamala Harris and for a winning campaign for California Assembly. In addition to her position at Elevate, Lizzie interns at Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven, where she is helping with community programming, including youth programs, public health outreach, and the implementation of a new farmers market.

  • Laura Callinan

    Laura Callinan, MPH, supports the MOMS Partnership through data collection, organization, management and analysis. Inspired by her mother’s work in public health, Laura earned a Master of Public Health at Emory University. Her love of numbers and strength in statistical analysis led her to a career as a statistician. She enjoys cooking and spending time outside with her husband and active little boys.

  • Orysia Capasso

    Orysia Capasso, BA, is an Administrative Assistant for the New Haven MOMS Partnership. Orysia earned her BA in Psychology from Western Connecticut State University. Orysia supports both the research and clinical arms of the program by having a deep understanding of the integration between the two with the behind the scenes knowledge of the programs, she creates and synthesize data to support the clinical and research needs of the programs. She has a passion for helping those in need by providing a safe and comfortable atmosphere for the families.

  • Kari Cifarelli, MPH, is the Project Coordinator for the New Haven MOMS Partnership. Kari has worked in the clinical research field for the past 10 years focusing on women’s Mental Health. Kari currently works on supporting the research mission of the MOMS Partnership, and to provide the utmost of quality service to study staff and participants.

  • Ashley Clayton

    Ashley Clayton, MA, is the Director of Evaluation of the Center on Wellbeing of Women and Mothers, where she works to evaluate programs connected to the MOMS Partnership at Yale School of Medicine. Trained in community psychology, she works closely with community partners and government agencies to implement and evaluate mental health services in both clinical and community settings. Ashley works to transform service delivery systems to be more responsive to the needs of low-income families and individuals who face mental health challenges. Recognizing the importance of using data to drive decisions and solutions, she analyzes real-time data to monitor, assess, and refine mental health programming and service-delivery for various programs. She has extensive training in both qualitative and quantitative research, with particular expertise in community-based participatory research, questionnaire development, and stigma. Ashley has published numerous research papers on the social inclusion of low-income individuals living with a mental illness, recovery-oriented and person-centered care, as well as healthcare narratives and essays about her first-hand experience with mental illness.

  • Ann Close, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the Yale Child Study Center and the Clinical Director of the MOMS Partnership and the Yale Parent and Family Development Program. She is also Director of Clinical Services for Minding the Baby, a home visiting program that has been designated as evidenced based by the Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Close is a clinician and an educator. She specializes in infant mental health, parenting and the assessment and treatment of children under age five. She teaches Yale College students and fellows in psychiatry, psychology and social work in training at the Child Study Center. Dr. Close has twice received the Samual Ritvo Teacher of the Year award at the Child Study Center and has been honored by the Connecticut Infant Mental Health Association. The topics of her courses include: child development, child psychopathology, developmental assessment and clinical evaluation, mental health consultation and early childhood education. She conducts developmental assessments of young children, dynamically oriented psychotherapy with children and child parent psychotherapy She provides mental health consultation to early childhood education programs in the community. She is the author of the book, "Listening to Children: Talking With Children About Difficult Issues."

  • Cerella Craig, BS, is a Community Mental Health Ambassador for the New Haven MOMS Partnership and a graduate of the University of Connecticut. Cerella holds a BS in Health and Social Inequalities, and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health degree. As a Community Mental Health Ambassador, she has the dual role of assessing the needs of mothers in New Haven, and linking them to the resources that can help meet those needs, thus creating a pipeline to improving mental health and reducing health disparities in the city.

  • Andrea Diaz Stransky

    Andrea Diaz Stransky, MD, is working with MOMS in her capacity as a clinical and research fellow in the Integrated Adult and Child Psychiatry Training program out of the Yale Child Study Center. Her research has focused on childhood mental health spanning from genetics to neuroimaging and clinical trials. Her main interest is developing interventions to overcome barriers to care among vulnerable populations, to improve the mental health of children and their families. She developed a culturally-informed intervention for Hispanic immigrant mothers and their children to be offered through the MOMS Partnership. Her education includes a Bachelor in Health Sciences from McMaster University in Canada, a Medical Degree from Tec de Monterrey in Mexico, and a Research Fellowship in Behavioral Neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University/Kennedy Krieger Institute.

  • Diane Dodge is an Assistant Clinical Professor in Social Work at the Yale Child Study Center. Diane has been at the Child Study Center since 1990 where she worked as a clinician in the outpatient department seeing children, adolescents, and families and supervising post masters Social Work and predoctoral Psychology Fellows. She was one of the first clinicians who worked in collaboration with the New Haven Police Department in what is known as the Child Development Community Police Project. Clinicians responded to scenes of crimes in which children were exposed to violence or had been a victim of trauma. Diane has continued to work within the trauma field both as a clinician and supervisor. She developed and ran an afterschool program for young adolescents involved in the juvenile justice system and along with a social work colleague coordinated a treatment program for children and families involved with the Yale Sexual Abuse Clinic. Her most recent responsibility was as a clinical supervisor in an intensive home-based service for at risk and substance abusing adolescents.

  • Rachel Ebling

    Rachel Ebling, PhD, is the Director of Research and Evaluation of the Yale Parent and Family Development Program, which houses both clinical services and research studies, including studies of new interventions developed and implemented by MOMS Partnership. As R&E Director, Rachel leads research efforts for the PFDP toward goals of supporting and understanding the intersection between adult mental health/wellness and the parenting role. Rachel is a licensed clinical psychologist with over ten years of experience in the development and evaluation of clinical/community programs that focus on family relationships and mental health. She has worked with the MOMS Partnership since 2013.

  • Katherine Gaztambide

    Katherine Klem Gaztambide, MPP, engages with MOMS as Executive Director of Elevate, which houses the scaling of the MOMS Partnership among other efforts to elevate mental health and disrupt poverty. Katherine is a former Senior Policy Advisor in the Obama White House, specifically in the Office of Social Innovation and Office of National Drug Control Policy. There, she focused on Pay for Success models and the broader transition to an outcomes and evidence mindset across government. Katherine has previously worked for then-Mayor Bloomberg in NYC and Governor Hickenlooper in Colorado and has worked to advance health care reform, organized labor, education reform, and tobacco control, the latter of which held her passion in Kentucky where she grew up. Katherine earned an MPP at the Harvard Kennedy School as well as a BA with High Distinction from the University of Virginia, and she has been named a U.S. Presidential Scholar.

  • Dana Hoffman

    Dana Hoffman, MSW, is a licensed clinical social worker for the New Haven MOMS Partnership. Dana received her Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and has over 15 years of clinical experience. She specializes in maternal, infant and early-child mental health and brings to the New Haven MOMS Partnership her passion for working with individuals and families in collaborative, dynamic and community-based environments. Having trained as a doula and childbirth educator, Dana believes motherhood presents an opportunity for positive transformation and growth. She loves practicing yoga with her daughters, cooking and hearing live music around New Haven.

  • Samantha Holmes

    Samantha C. Holmes, PhD, is a first year T32 postdoctoral fellow at The Division of Prevention and Community Research, Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine and is contributing both as a researcher and clinician to the MOMS Partnership. Sam is trained in counseling psychology. Her program of research is focused on the ways in which interpersonal trauma and oppression impact women’s mental health (i.e., PTSD, disordered eating, depression, anxiety) with the ultimate goal of developing empirically-supported prevention and intervention programs.

  • Heather B. Howell, MSW (LCSW), MA, is a Clinical Social Worker working personally and professionally in partnership with the New Haven community for over 20 years.

  • Caroline Posner

    Caroline Posner, BA, is the MOMS Partnership® Research and Evaluation Administrator at Elevate Policy Lab, coordinating research and evaluation work for scaling MOMS to new sites. Previously Caroline served as a Special Assistant at Elevate, contributing to research, communications, and administrative activities. Caroline earned her undergraduate degree in psychology with a concentration in neuroscience at Yale, where she engaged in activism for campus mental healthcare reform and published about her own experiences with mental illness and healthcare. Her research experience includes laboratory work in the neuroscience of decision-making as well as adolescent cognitive development, in addition to work on the comparative history of the brain sciences in the United States and Soviet Union. Caroline is interested in the interrelationships of government, culture, and the research and practice of psychology and psychiatry, and how critical examination of these relationships can strengthen scientific investigation and health policy.

  • Emily Samuel, MA, is a clinician for the New Haven MOMS Partnership. Emily has a master’s degree in Integrative Child Psychotherapy from IATE in London and is licensed as a Professional Counselor (LPC) in Connecticut. Emily has been practicing clinically for the past nine years. She is particularly interested in the impact of maternal mental health on infant development and in supporting families who have experienced trauma.

  • Diana Sanchez

    Diana Sanchez, BA, MPH candidate, is an Elevate Fellow for the Summer and Fall of 2019. She is a Master of Public Health student at the Yale School of Public Health, concentrating in health policy. Diana is passionate about the support and improvement of community-based programs that promote the health and wellbeing of individuals, especially those belonging to populations that are neglected or otherwise marginalized. In addition to supporting Elevate’s work as a Fellow, Diana assists public health workforce training development efforts at the Yale Office of Public Health Practice and explores her interests in the effects of policy on community-level health and program implementation through her coursework. Prior to coming to the Yale School of Public Health, Diana served as a Jesuit Volunteer in Tucson, Arizona, and received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

  • Caroline Simmons

    Caroline Simmons, MA, is the Senior Specialist for Policy Innovation and Impact at Elevate, where she leads Elevate's policy portfolio to create a supportive policy environment to enhance the goals of the MOMS Partnership. Caroline is also currently serving in her third term in the Connecticut General Assembly as a State Representative from Stamford, CT. Caroline previously worked at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as Director of Special Projects in the Office of the Counterterrorism Coordinator, and at the Women's Business Development Council in Stamford, CT as a Program Specialist supporting entrepreneurial training programs for women across CT. She has also served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Wesleyan University, where she taught State and Local Government. Caroline holds a BA in Government from Harvard University and an MA in Middle East Studies from George Washington University.

  • Kimberly Streater is a Community Mental Health Ambassador in the New Haven MOMS Partnership. As a survivor of domestic violence, she sought out employment in a position where she could work helping to rebuild the community by engaging and supporting moms in need. She is a mom of six children who understands the stressors single moms face on a daily basis. She has watched her children persevere through so many transitions in life, and each has a different personality which keeps her very balanced. She is a basketball mom so her evenings consist of either practices or games.

  • Sonia Taneja

    *Sonia Taneja, MSc, MD candidate, is a current student at the Yale School of Medicine and the MOMS Partnership Fellow for New York City MOMS and Bridgeport MOMS (Connecticut) through Elevate. She received her BA in Psychology from Yale College and her MSc in Public Health (Health Services Research) from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. As a Yale Parker Huang Fellow to India, she studied the social determinants of mental health in women engaged in intergenerational, coercive sex work. Her other significant prior experiences include studying the mental health of gynecologic cancer patients in India, working with South Asian community-based domestic violence organizations in New York City, and incorporating health justice in medical education at Yale. She plans to pursue a career that combines clinical practice and community-based participatory research at the nexus of reproductive and mental health for women and adolescents.

  • Bethelehem Teshome

    Bethelehem Teshome, BS, MPH candidate, is an Elevate Fellow for the Summer and Fall of 2019 and is focusing on NYC MOMS as well as advancing racial equity throughout the MOMS Partnership programs. She earned a B.S. in Anthropology from UCLA and has worked in a variety of roles within health care, most recently as a Solutions Specialist at UCLA Health IT. As a current student at the Yale School of Public Health concentrating in Social and Behavioral Sciences, Bethelehem has explored her interests in the social and structural factors the affect the health of marginalized and historically oppressed populations. Within her line of study, Bethelehem served as a volunteer consultant to a nonprofit organization focusing on mitigating food insecurity by increasing access to fruits and vegetables in food desert across the United States. Bethelehem also works in several diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at the Yale School of Public Health, including serving as a Diversity Ambassador and (re)designing/developing a health equity curriculum that is responsive to student needs.

  • Sherrie Wang

    Sherrie Wang is an Elevate Intern for the Summer and Fall of 2019, focusing on research and evaluation work of the MOMS Partnership as it scales to and with new communities. She is an undergraduate at Yale University interested in pursuing prospective majors in Political Science and Public Health. On campus, Sherrie serves as a board member of the Yale Layer, an undergraduate mental health publication, and enjoys writing for The Politic on a range of political issues. She is currently a volunteer for the Social Services department of HAVEN Free Clinic, where she helps connect New Haven residents with valuable resources for addressing the social and economic factors of health. Before attending Yale College, Sherrie assisted the Sichuan Center for Disease Control in researching and conducting therapy methods for parasitic diseases among rural Chinese communities, as well as collaborated with Myanmar refugee community leaders in Buffalo, NY to design a healthcare passport that would help overcome cultural and language barriers to healthcare and foster greater health literacy. In her free time, Sherrie enjoys long bike rides, reading fiction, and cooking Asian recipes.

  • Elizabeth Yeh

    Elizabeth Yeh, PhD, is the Research and Evaluation Fellow at Elevate, where she helps drive the research and evaluation work of scaling MOMS outside of New Haven. She is a developmental psychologist with deep experience in research, assessment and program evaluation. During her career, Elizabeth has evaluated publicly funded programs for low-income populations in both the academic and private sectors. She earned a Ph.D. in Child Psychology at the Institute for Child Development at the University of Minnesota. She has co-authored several articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Child Development and Social Development. Elizabeth has a passion for using data to better the lives of parents and children in underserved populations.

  • Kimberly Yonkers

    I am a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and in the School of Public Health .  My clinical position is Chief for the Yale New Haven Health Division of Psychological Medicine.  This Division provides inpatient and outpatient consultations to providers and patients in the other medical and surgical divisions of Yale New Haven Health.  Our services are provided at both the York Street and St. Raphael campuses. 

    My research hats include and being Director of Research for the Yale New Haven Hospital Division of the Department of Psychiatry and Director of the Center for Women and Mothers, a research unit in the Department of Psychiatry.  My group investigates the clinical course, etiopathology and treatment of psychiatric and substance use disorders as they occur in women. A major component of this work is the occurrence and treatment of illnesses in pregnancy and the postpartum period, and across the menstrual cycle. This area, by its nature, cuts across disciplines and requires psychiatric expertise, as well as knowledge in neuroscience and reproductive biology. Contributions to the literature include evaluations of the impact of psychiatric conditions and treatments on various birth outcomes.  My group published pivotal work in postpartum depression including the fact that 50% of instances of postpartum depression began antenatally and that standard antidepressant treatment is effective for postpartum onset of major depressive episodes.  My work on premenstrual dysphoric disorder, the severe form of premenstrual syndrome, established the efficacy of serotonin reuptake inhibitors as first line treatments.  Moreover, my work showed that treatment with these agents could commence either halfway through the menstrual cycle or at symptom onset. My recent work has explored the impact and treatment of substance use disorders on pregnancy and pregnancy outcomes.  We devised a screening measure for substance use in pregnancy, the Substance Use Risk Profile-Pregnancy, which is an efficient measure to help identify and assist pregnant women with substance misuse. Additional work in this arena includes finding a therapeutic effect on abstinence of progesterone for women who have postpartum cocaine use, and showing the efficacy of a computerized brief interview, based upon motivational principles, in reducing substance misuse in pregnant and non-pregnant women.

    I led the DSM 5  Study Group for Race, Gender and Ethnicity.  This group assessed psychiatric conditions to determine possible bias in race, gender and ethnicity and incorporated relative text about race, gender and ethnicity into the DSM 5 text.  I currently lead the Gender Study Group that is reviewing and conducting text revisions for the DSM 5 Text Revision.

    I am the inaugural Editor in Chief for a new American Psychiatric Association on-line journal, Psychiatric Research and Clinical Practice. This journal seeks to publish clinical and translational research as well as timely reviews in psychiatry.




DC MOMS

  • Anthea Seymour

    DC MOMS Manager

    Anthea Seymour, MSW, is the Administrator for Economic Security Administration, within the Department of Human Services in the District of Columbia. She is responsible for ensuring the delivery of SNAP, TANF, Medical Assistance and other local public assistance services, to over 250,000 residents in the District, and providing improved case management services for families and individuals. She has overseen the redesign of the eligibility business process for customers receiving benefits and has utilized system-wide strategies to develop a new Two Generational TANF policy.

    Anthea has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park; a Master of Social Work from Howard University; Certified Public Manager (CPM) Certificate from George Washington University; and a Chief Information Officer (CIO) Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University.

    With over 20 years of public sector experience, Anthea is a transformational leader who has demonstrated results in multiple change management, continuous quality improvement, and business process re-engineering efforts.

  • DC MOMS Clinical Supervisor

    Melanie Mitchell, LICSW, LCSW-C is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 20 years combined in DC Government and the private sector.  She has worked at the Department of Human Services for the past 8 years as a Supervisory Social Worker.  Melanie comes with a diverse amount of experience; having worked in mental health, the public school system, child protection and she has lead the crises response team with deployments to numerous crises in DC and Maryland.  As a former Clinical Director, she redeveloped and opened a mental health program, and managed a mental health budget with more than $500,000 in grants and program infrastructure.  Melanie was a two terms elected officer for the DC Chapter-National Association of Social Work Board.  Social work is her life’s work and she is most passionate about motivating and inspiring people to tap into their power in order to pursue their dreams.  She holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Social Work and has studied at the Washington School of Psychiatry.  Melanie views continuous learning as the impetus to success.  In today's changing world, politically and economically, she has discovered that trauma informed care must be addressed, and staff trained and prepared in this arena. She believes working directly with families will be more impactful on a larger scale to build healthy and happy families. As a member of MOMS, Melanie hopes to exemplify integrity, help staff complete tasks on time, and be team players.  Her number one priority is to impart good service and respect towards customers, leaving them with hope and dignity. Her hope is to “see timeliness in customer engagement at every encounter and an increase in productivity.”

  • Sabrina Tate

    DC MOMS Community Mental Health Ambassador

    Sabrina Tate is a Vocational Development Specialist with more than 8 years of successful experience in the social work field. Sabrina specializes in providing direct services which is her concentration in the field of social work. A strong believer in the power of positive thinking in the workplace, Sabrina regularly encourages internal wellness concepts to assist customers with effective mental health techniques. Sabrina is an artist with the hope to mentor women through art as a health healing component of their lives.

  • Ashley T. White

    DC MOMS Clinician

    Ashley T. White, LGSW, MSW is a licensed mental health practitioner with the DC Department of Human Services. She has over 12 years of experience in social service programming and has pioneered several policy changing initiatives to strengthen service delivery in government and community sectors. Ashley is a multiagency teaming expert invested in streamlining supports to the District’s most vulnerable families. As a passionate and empathic liaison between the government and the public, Ashley utilizes the solutions-focused approach to assist families in achieving better life outcomes. Ashley currently serves as the Clinician for the DC MOMS Program.

VT MOMS

  • Erin Oalican

    VT MOMS Manager

    Erin Oalican, BA, currently serves as the Director of Reach Up, Vermont’s TANF program. Ms. Oalican is especially interested in designing programs that work for participants, keeping in mind concepts of behavioral science and an understanding of trauma-informed care. Ms. Oalican is committed promoting social and economic justice by providing opportunities within Reach Up to help participants develop skills and resources beyond the short term that support long term financial stability for families. The Reach Up program engages community partners, program participants and staff to innovate and improve. Throughout the last year and a half, the program has been working with Mathematica Policy Research to develop a mission and vision, a strategic plan, and a new assessment process focusing on goal achievement and building executive functioning skills. Ms. Oalican holds a BA in Sociology from Kenyon College and a Public Manager Certification. She lives in Essex, VT with her three children and very fluffy cat, Mango. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the mountains and lakes of Vermont with her kids.

  • Nicole Dubuque

    VT MOMS Program Coordinator

    Nicole Dubuque, BA, serves as the Program Manager of Reach Up, Vermont’s TANF program, as well as the Program Coordinator of Vermont MOMS. Nicole holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Vermont and has worked in a variety of human service roles over the last 10 years. Nicole currently leads the Substance Use and Mental Health program, oversees the Reach Up Housing agreements and coordinates Reach Up’s annual training day, bringing in experts from around the country to enlighten, empower and promote best practices within the Reach Up program. She is a staunch advocate for housing equality and has a particular interest in parental health and its impact on child well-being. Nicole prides herself on being part of a passionate team that is committed to trauma-informed practice and continuous improvement.

  • Dana Marchitelli

    VT MOMS Data Specialist

    Dana Marchiterlli, MPA, serves as the Process and Performance Analysis of Vermont’s Economic Services Division. Dana holds a BA in Public Policy and Administration from Wagner College in Staten Island, New York, and was a member of the women’s lacrosse team. She earned her master’s degree in public Administration from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. Dana has worked in a variety of roles within the Department of Children and Families including assistant director of the Youth Development Program and a member of the Grants and Contracts Unit. She is currently a member of the Economic Services Trauma, Brain Science, and Self-Care workgroup exploring ways to improve services, strengthen communities and better serve Vermonters. Dana is a Continuous Quality Improvement coach and a certified LEAN Green Belt. She lives in the Mad River Valley and enjoys skiing, sailing, and disc golf. She is the varsity lacrosse coach at Harwood Union High School.

KY MOMS

  • KY MOMS Data Specialist

    Kristin Johnson, BA, serves as a Program Administrator for the Kentucky Division of Reentry Services. Kristin holds a BA in Psychology from Kentucky State University, and has served in many roles within the human services field. Kristin currently manages grant applications, National Governors Association- Reentry Severe Mental Illness/Substance Use Disorder Pilot, and leads multiple “special” projects. She is a proud advocate for the intellectually and developmentally impaired population, with a special interest in rehabilitating families. Kristin is proud to work with a caring and compassionate team that is committed to providing resources and services to the offender community and their families.

  • Marty Johnson

    KY MOMS Program Coordinator

    Marty Johnson has been with the Department of Corrections since 2013 and is currently the Program Administrator for the Louisville Area.  She has held positions of P&P Officer and Reentry coordinator while with DOC and has prior experience as a Youth Development Worker.  Marty is a trained facilitator in Soft Skills Boot Camp, Portal New Directions, Moral Reconation Therapy, Thinking for a Change and 24/7 Dads.

  • KY MOMS Manager

    Beth Kuhn is Chief Engagement Officer at the Kentucky Cabinet of Health and Family Services, leading policy and operational efforts to better integrate workforce, health and human service programs.  She was until recently Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Workforce Investment, collaborating with many partners in a system of Kentucky Career Centers providing employment, vocational rehabilitation, veterans, and other workforce services to employer and individual customers.  Prior to her appointment as Commissioner in December of 2014, Beth served as Sector Strategies Director, assisting with the design and implementation of industry sector-based approaches to workforce and economic development. Beth has over 30 years of experience creating and implementing innovative workforce programs.  She previously served as Director of Workforce Development at the Vermont Department of Labor, as Project Director at the United Way of Chittenden County (VT) where she developed employer partnerships to improve retention and advancement of entry-level workers, and as Vice President of WFD, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in work and family benefits, women’s advancement, and public-private partnerships to increase the availability and quality of child and elder care programs nationwide. Beth has a BA in Public Policy from the James Madison College of Michigan State University, and a Master’s in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.

  • Barrett Ross

    KY MOMS Data Specialist

    Barrett Ross brings over fourteen years of analytic experience to his role as research analyst for KYSTATS. Mr. Ross serves as the subject matter expert in the Kentucky Longitudinal Data System (KLDS) and answers research and information requests on behalf of the office. Mr. Ross is also the office lead for ArcGIS mapping. Mr. Ross previously worked as a labor market analyst and research analyst in Kentucky state government, where he specialized in industry and occupational employment projections, demographic data, and ArcGIS mapping and has been with KYSTATS since 2013.