Professionals

Jennifer Byxbee

CAP_0061 (1)Jenny is the Manager of the Youth Services Bureau for the Town of Greenwich, responsible for local youth services. While continuing to oversee the coordination and efficient delivery of youth services to meet the changing needs of families in Greenwich, Jenny has expanded her opportunities to apply her considerable talent to address increasing human services needs in our local community through her company, Byxbee Finn & McLaughlin, LLC.

Jenny’s accomplishments include starting such programs as the town’s Juvenile Review Board, Reading Champions, and recently the First Selectman’s Youth Commission. Awarded in 2008 “Community Health Hero”, by Greenwich Hospital. And awarded in 2003 “Connecticut Youth Service Worker of the Year”, presented by the Connecticut Youth Services Association for her work as the Executive Director of the New Canaan Teen Center. Most recently, Jenny was recognized as the 2016 recipient of the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce R. Michael Dunne Quality of Life award.  Jenny’s philanthropic activities include: Junior League of Greenwich: Community Advisory Board 2005-present, Founder and Event Director Greenwich Wiffle Ball Tournament 2007-2014, and the Co-Chair School Readiness Council –Town of Greenwich 2013 to 2015.  Jenny is an active member of her parish and serves as the Director of Children’s Ministries at Round Hill Community Church.

Yajaira Gonzalez

Screen Shot 2016-02-04 at 12.35.22 PMYajaira joined the YWCA Greenwich Domestic Abuse Services in 2010, and is currently the full-time Community Educator and Bilingual Advocate. She is the adult advisor for YNet, a youth-led activism program sponsored by the YWCA in partnership with Greenwich High School, addressing the issue of teen dating violence by raising awareness through peer counseling and education while promoting healthy relationships for teens.

Yajaira co-facilitates the YWCA’s Prevention Education Program (PEP) in all three public middle schools in Greenwich. PEP engages students to explore the differences between healthy vs unhealthy relationships, and provides the opportunity to practice relationship skills in an emotionally safe environment. In 2013, Yajaira played an integral role in launching the YWCA’s violence prevention program for elementary-aged students, Second Step, as well as the best-practice girls’ empowerment curriculum, Girls Circle, for middle school-aged girls.

In addition to her outreach work with youth, Yajaira is the YWCA Domestic Abuse Services liaison to the Spanish-speaking community in Greenwich. In addition to emergent and short-term direct service, Yajaira provides outreach through presentations, seminars and collaborations with other service providers in our community to ensure accessibility to Domestic Abuse Services to Spanish-speakers.

Beth O’Malley

bethBeth O’Malley, MSW, LCSW is a Psychotherapist, Radio Show Host and local mother in Greenwich, CT. She holds several state licenses including an LCSW in CT, earning her MSW degree in 1991 from Hunter College. Her undergraduate work included a double major of Psychology and Sociology, as well as a business minor, graduating Cum Laude from SUNY Albany where she received the Ralph Sidman Award for outstanding academic performance with a dedication to serving others.

Beth owns and maintains a private whole family counseling practice, O’Malley Wellness, LLC, in Old Greenwich, CT where she works with children (4-12), teens (13-19) and adults. She works hand in hand with a psychiatric APRN and collaborates with local mental heath and academic professionals, attorneys, and schools as needed to provide comprehensive care. For over 28 years, Beth provides counseling on issues of: transition, divorce, blended families, recovery from alcoholism/addiction, behavioral & academic concerns, depression, anxiety and mental illness. Individual, family, group psychotherapy, home visits and workshops are available. In addition, Beth worked as a consultant at St. Luke’s Hospital, MHN, Stamford Hospital and Saint Raphael’s/Yale Children’s Hospital.

Beth has been licensed as an EAP Substance Abuse Specialist and Psychodramatist. She was instrumental in collaboration with the Greenwich United Way and Greenwich High School in creating and implementing “Stress, Success and Teenage Setbacks”, a program for bringing awareness to the impact of substance abuse and mental illness to our community. She uses art therapy as well as CBT and DBT techniques. In addition, Beth was the Director of Training at Chit Chat at The Caron Foundation Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Program and a trauma interventionist at Albany Rape Crisis. Her past professional experience includes President of NASW Arizona and Treasurer for EAPA Arizona, plus Executive Board work for both agencies. She has made guest appearances on Channel 3 and Channel 12 news, as well as radio appearances.  Her weekly show on living a healthy life in Greenwich, CT, “Be Well with Beth”, can be heard Mondays 2-3pm on WGCH 1490 AM or WGCH.com.

Sara W Rawson

Screen Shot 2016-01-31 at 8.28.54 PMSara has been an Occupational Therapist in private practice in Greenwich, CT since 1997. She evaluates and provides treatment for her pediatric clients. Sara believes in early intervention and total family involvement in the treatment protocol. In addition to her private practice Sara has worked in Fairfield and Westchester County schools and preschools providing evaluations and designing treatment plans. Her work facilitating support groups with terminally ill clients as well as training facilitators for grieving support groups has furthered her interest in communication activities. She has published a book chapter and been a presenter at conferences all over the country. She is a member in good standing of the American Occupational Therapy Association which she joined after completing her education at the University of Illinois.

Sara is a community leader and volunteer having been awarded the Phyllis Finn Mentoring Award from the Junior League of Greenwich, The Louise Crisafi Community Health Award from the Greenwich Time and the Brava Award from the YWCA. She currently serves on the Community Advisory Board for Abilis, the Children’s Day School Board of Directors and is the former Chair of the Sustainer Advisory Committee for the Junior League of Greenwich. Sara has been an active member of the Positively More Committee since its inception and previously served on the Boundless Playground Project. Sara is an avid traveler, tennis and paddle player and lives in Greenwich with her husband Gene.