2021 Conference Speaker Bios

Susan Buckey

Susan Buckey joined JVS/MassHire Downtown Boston in September 2014 and is the Director of Employer Engagement. She regularly meets with employers to understand the nuances of their staffing needs, educates job seekers about opportunities and helps them market themselves effectively so that they land jobs in that industry. Lately, her conversations with employers have focused on attracting and retaining a productive workforce with quality jobs so that employers maintain their competitive edge. Prior to joining JVS, Susan inspired and educated audiences of all ages. She helped Boston area residents find pathways into the life science industry via training and networking events, led national outreach campaigns for PBS television programs produced by WGBH/Boston and taught fourth grade. Her focus for much of that time was to spark people’s curiosity – particularly towards careers in science and engineering. In 2014, Susan was selected to participate in the Aspen Institute’s Sector Skills Academy, a professional development series for workforce professionals focusing on increasing opportunities in a particular sector or industry. 


Deidre Harris


Deidre Harris has over 35 years in the ECE field as a classroom teacher, curriculum developer, instructional coach, program manager, director of training and preschool director. In her current role as Educational Consultant, she primarily serves in three capacities. One, as an Educational Consultant for the Pyramid Model Consortium, helping programs increase social emotional development and reduce challenging behaviors thru the system wide implementation of the Pyramid Model.  Two, as an independent contractor and Teachstone consultant doing CLASS reliability training, deep dives and translation of CLASS data for professional development and program improvement as well as CLASS observations as part of the evaluation and monitoring of Head Start programs. And three, as an independent contractor and consultant specializing in team building and conflict resolution among adults in the classroom.

Kristen Hayes

kristen hayes

Kristen Hayes supports school districts, nonprofits, institutions of higher education, and cities/counties with managing federal and state grant-funded programs that provide critical education, health and family support services. As a consultant, Kristen serves as a strategic planning facilitator, grant writer, and coach for organizations to support organizations through change. Kristen started her consulting business following years as a Program Specialist with the US Department of Health and Human Services and Policy Analyst with the US Department of Education. Kristen holds a Masters of Public Management in Social Policy from the University of Maryland – College Park and is currently enrolled in a Data Analytics Certificate Program at Cornell University. She is a member of the Massachusetts Head Start Association Board of Directors and member of the Massachusetts Head Start State Advisory Council. In her community, she is an active classroom volunteer and coach, and teaches a social justice curriculum to middle school students.  

June Lynds

June Lynds has over 25 years of early childhood experience, of which most of those years were spent supporting children and families in Head Start. June operated a family childcare in her home, was a Head Start Educator and Lead Educator, Family Advocate and Supervisor. She currently is the Family Services Manager for CAPV Head Start and Early Learning Programs in Western Massachusetts. June has a BA in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Family Support through University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Her work in Head Start includes becoming a Community Level Trainer in the Brazelton Touchpoints Approach, a Brazelton Touchpoints Parent Group facilitator, training and certification in the Strengthening Families Framework and Parents Interacting with Infants (PIWI), as well as facilitating the Massachusetts Social Services and ERSEA Community of Practice for the last several years. She has used her direct experience in engaging families to develop a comprehensive Family Engagement system that includes a unique family assessment and goal setting process that has proven to be successful with both staff and families.

Maria Moreno

Maria Moreno’s involvement with Head Start started in 2014, when her oldest daughter started at Community Action Pioneer Valley Head Start and Early Learning Program. She was elected site representative to the Policy Council, where she served as Vice chair for one year and Chair for three, participating in several committees for which she was awarded the Community Action Pioneer Valley’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award. Currently Maria is working with MHSA as a Parent Facilitator for the Parent Ambassador Program.

Tonia Spence

tonia spenseTonia M. Spence, LCSW, MSEd, believes in the power of healthy relationships in shaping young children’s lives. She is a clinician, educator, presenter and advocate who has served children and families for 20+ years. As a new clinician, Tonia’s passion to learn led her to a Fellowship program at Yale’s Child Development Center Outpatient Clinic in New Haven, where she was able to strengthen her clinical understanding of young children. Being in New Haven, where the dichotomy of wealth and poverty was so evident, Tonia recognized how racial tension and stress added an additional layer to the trauma of the children and families she was serving. She understands that only with the additional lens of race, class and privilege can she truly serve children and families well. Tonia holds a Masters in Special Education from Bank Street College of Education and a Masters in Social Work from Columbia School of Social Work. She is currently the Program Director of IECMH at the Irving Harris Foundation.

Aditi Subramaniam

Aditi Subramaniam, LMHC, R-DMT, CEIS, IECMH-E® is a licensed mental health clinician and registered movement psychotherapist with more than fifteen years of experience in the field of mental health, in India and Boston. She is a MassAIMH Endorsed® practitioner as an Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Mentor- Clinical. She currently works at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC) as the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Partnership Manager leading a statewide partnership between MSPCC and the Massachusetts Association for Infant Mental Health (MassAIMH) focused on enhancing and supporting the infant mental health workforce with the goal of improving access to services for children age birth – 5 and their families. She is a national trainer at the Brazelton Institute at Boston Children’s Hospital, for the Newborn Behavior Observation and at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center as a national Touchpoints trainer. She also serves as faculty at Jewish Family and Child Services in the Infant Parent Training Institute. Aditi presents on key topics including trauma informed care, infant and early childhood development, reflective supervision and practice, movement psychotherapy, building a culture of care, etc. Her experience includes dyadic early childhood work, family engagement, and working in systems to build capacity in early childhood mental health. She earned her MA in Mental Health Counseling and Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University and MA in Clinical Psychology from the University of Delhi, India. The principles and practices of social justice and the arts in psychotherapy are embedded in her everyday work and lens. She lives in Boston, MA with her husband and five-year-old daughter and enjoys dancing, making art and is humbled in parenting and learning from the tiny wonders of childhood from her daughter.

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