Maureen has decades of experience providing counseling support and prevention services to youth in the public education setting as both a New York State Certified School Counselor and New York State Certified School Administrator. Maureen has been trained in Motivational Interviewing and is a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation. She also is a Certified Trainer in Restorative Practices through Partners in Restorative Initiatives. Currently Maureen coaches school leaders through the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education Leadership coaching program.
Maureen has served as a school counselor, Assistant Principal and in Central Office administration. In addition to traditional school settings, Maureen was a school counselor in an Alternative School setting. Her passion for assisting vulnerable youth populations prompted her to bring Motivational Interviewing training and Restorative Practices training to school staff in the Hilton Central School District where she served as Director of Student Services from 2005–2017. Additionally, Maureen was instrumental in facilitating the implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) to the Hilton Central School District.
Maureen has obtained a BA in Psychology, an MS in Counselor Education, a Certificate of Advanced Study in Counselor Education and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration. Most recently she obtained a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education in 2014. Her drive to continually improve how to best assist struggling students was reflected in her doctoral dissertation: “Improving the Achievement of At-Risk Students – A Decision Analysis”.
We are excited to work with Maureen in the Motivational Interviewing Training Programs and especially like her expertise with the “at risk” youth population.
TVG is honored to be chosen by NYS DCJS to assist in a training initiative as we prepare Probation Officers and Re-entry professionals across the state, in “best practices” when supporting youth, young adults and families involved in the Criminal Justice Community.
Anita Robillard Joins TVG
It is a pleasure to announce Probation Officer, Anita Robillard, has joined the team as a trainer. She will be collaborating with us when working with Probation Officers learning Motivational Interviewing. Anita has been a Probation Officer for 10 years.
She has also been a Comprehensive Anchor Trainer for Fundamentals of Probation Practice since 2009, and a Certified General Topics Instructor since 2011.
Anita has attended both Basic and Advanced Motivational Interviewing training offered by TVG. She has met or exceeded Motivational Interviewing competency as defined by the MITI 4.2.1. We are delighted that she will combine her Probation Officer skills and her Motivational Interviewing skills when assisting in our training programs!
Kristen is excited to join The Varalli Group, Inc. so that she can share her experiences with MI with fellow criminal justice colleagues while also continuing to advance her skills.
Kristen Jackson earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from SUNY Cortland. She is currently employed by Onondaga County, where she has worked as a Probation Officer for the last 13 years. Kristen has experience working in many different units within her department, including Criminal and Family Court Investigations, Electronic Home Confinement, Alternative To Incarceration Programs, Driving While Intoxicated, and Rockefeller Drug Law Reform. She also is a member of the Community Deployment and Active Shooter teams in her office.
Kristen is the recipient of the 2011 New York State Award for Outstanding Service by a Probation Officer. Presently, Kristen is assigned to Syracuse Community Treatment Court, where she works closely with Drug Court personnel to provide a supportive and structured program for probation violators struggling with substance abuse issues. She is a facilitator of Moral Reconation Therapy and enjoys working with offenders to guide them in setting and achieving goals, while at the same time promoting public safety. She has completed both Basic and Advanced Motivational Interviewing Training through the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services, and has demonstrated competency in the use of Motivational Interviewing (MI) skills.
Lead Trainer, David Varalli, instructing at a class for the Dutchess County Office
of Probation and Community Corrections. We are building relationships with professionals who value the practice of MI.
If an offender can be influenced to exhibit improved behaviors, the likelihood of future victimization is minimized, thus improving the condition of the individual while also protecting the community.
TVG returns from Ulster County where we trained Motivational Interviewing Skills to Probation Officers, Substance Use and Re-entry Professionals. We are fortunate to be returning to the area several times this fall and next year as they begin implementing the practice into their entire organizations!
Looking forward to the views there this fall!
We are very pleased to announce the addition of Suzanne Braselton to The Varalli Group as Office Manager. Suzanne brings over 28 years of experience in pre-press publishing and over 17 years in office management. She also currently manages the offices of Braselton’s Music and Braselton’s Desktop Publishing Services located in Marion, New York.
She is the organizational cornerstone of the offices she serves. Suzanne’s responsibilities for TVG include assisting with reception, scheduling, contracting, accounting, document management and much more as she helps us to deliver the best services possible. She is a high energy, positive asset to TVG.
Rick Kent is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) since September 2016. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with New York State, and has 12 years of experience in the mental health field. He has served as a social worker at Central New York Psychiatric Center’s satellite unit at Attica Correctional Facility and provided primary therapy to inmates in the Intermediate Care Program. He also served as the program manager for a transitional residence on the campus of the Rochester Psychiatric Center (RPC).
Currently, he is serving as Social Work Supervisor and supervises the clinical practice of approximately 25 outpatient, mobile crisis, and family care social workers in RPC’s Community Services Unit. Rick previously taught online courses for Empire State College, and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Roberts Wesleyan College. Most recently he has begun teaching and coaching Motivational Interviewing skills to groups and individuals.