Professionals

Jennifer Byxbee

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Jenny is the 2016 recipient of the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce’s “Michael Dunne Quality of Life Award”, and awarded “Community Health Hero” in 2008 for her work for the town overseeing the Greenwich Youth Services Bureau for over a decade.  Jenny is best known for her contributions to the Town Of Greenwich’s Juvenile Review Board and the First Selectman’s Youth Commission.  Additionally, she is one of the founding members of the Greenwich Sentinel Foundation.  Previously, during her time in Greenwich, Jenny was the Executive Director to the New Canaan Teen Center, and was the 2005 recipient of the State of CT Youth Services Worker of the year.

Jenny’s philanthropic activities include being a radio co-host for the Sentinel Radio Hour, and she is a contributing volunteer columnist with the Greenwich Sentinel newspaper, helping to make our big town just a bit smaller and helping us stay connected to each other.  Jenny also is a member of the Junior League of Greenwich Community Advisory Board and an active member of her parish as the Director of Children’s Ministries at Round Hill Community Church.

Dr. Alina Boie

Dr. Alina Boie is a bilingual school psychologist working for Greenwich Public Schools. She is the coordinator of the social-emotional GPS initiative called Dare 2 Care. Over the past four years she was actively involved in organizing social-emotional district wide events (e.g. Be Here – Be Grateful; Join the Chain of Kindness, Keep Calm- Let Go and Move On, etc.) where students have the opportunity to learn the necessary skills for becoming successfully both emotionally and academically.

Dr. Alina Boie conducts numerous student, parent and teacher workshops on mindfulness, bullying prevention and social-emotional learning. She is an active member of the community and aims to help students achieve their best.

Dr. Alina Boie earned her doctorate degree from St. John’s University in New York. Over the years she has coordinated cross-cultural research projects and presented at national and international conferences on topics including the role of cognitive beliefs in social-emotional wellbeing, cultural factors associated with emotional distress, bullying prevention and safe school climate.

 

Leslie Coplin

Leslie Coplin, LMSW is the Prevention and Outreach Coordinator for the YWCA Greenwich Domestic Abuse Services.

Since 2014 Leslie has facilitated the YWCA’s Prevention Education Program (PEP) in all three public middle schools in Greenwich, engaging 6th and 8th grade students to explore differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships, providing a unique opportunity to practice relationship skills in an emotionally safe environment. Leslie also facilitates Second Step, an evidenced-based violence and bullying prevention program, for elementary-aged students as well as the best-practice girls’ empowerment program, Girls Circle, for middle school-aged girls in Greenwich.

In addition to her prevention and education work with youth, Leslie delivers trainings to professionals such as law enforcement officers, medical and behavioral health providers, private attorneys and educators on the dynamics of intimate partner violence and how to safely work with victims of abuse. Leslie also works to generally raise awareness around domestic violence in Greenwich by engaging with community members and through media appearances.

Prior to joining the YWCA Greenwich, Leslie taught a Life Skills curriculum and ran groups on self-advocacy with middle schoolers through The Larchmont-Mamaroneck Community Counseling Center.

Leslie’s previous career was in television production as a talent assistant and associate producer on shows such as Late Show with David Letterman and The Ricki Lake Show.