This Behavioral Health Funders' Network (Network) meeting will have a “back to school” focus. Participants will hear from experts working state-wide on comprehensive interventions to support young children, school-aged youth, families, educators, and district leaders as they return to school. This as an opportunity to build knowledge and identify strategies for how philanthropy can support children’s behavioral health and well-being during this time of disruption.
The second half of the meeting will be a funder-only space, where we can exchange updates, ideas, and resources.
Amy O'Leary, Director of Early Education for All
Amy O'Leary is the director of Early Education for All, a campaign of Strategies for Children, an advocacy and policy organization that works to ensure that Massachusetts invests the resources needed for all children, from birth to age five, to access high-quality early education programs. Amy joined SFC in 2002 as the early childhood field director and has also served as the Campaign’s deputy director. Prior to joining SFC, Amy worked as a preschool teacher and program director at Ellis Memorial in the South End of Boston. In March 2017 Amy was elected President-elect of the governing board of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Her four-year term started in June of 2017 serving as President from June 2018-2020 and as Immediate Past President until 2021. She serves on the adjunct faculty at Boston University Wheelock College of Education and Human Development, and Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester and Cambridge College. In July 2020, Amy was appointed an Alumna Trustee for a four year team to serve on both the Skidmore College Board of Trustees and Alumni Board. Amy is a member of the Massachusetts Kids Count Advisory Council and the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care Advisory Committee. Amy also serves on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Investment Fund in Boston. In addition, Amy presents at national, state and local conferences and provides technical assistance to advocates and elected officials in other states. Amy earned a Master in Public Administration degree from the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and early education from Skidmore College.
Paul Hyry-Dermith, Ed.D, Director of Bridge Resilient Youth in Transition
Paul Hyry-Dermith, Ed.D., joined the Brookline Center for Community Mental Health’s BRYT team in early 2016. BRYT supports schools in Massachusetts and beyond in establishing and continually improving intensive support programs for school students who have fallen behind in association with serious mental health and other medical challenges. Prior to BRYT, Paul served as a principal for eight years, and then assistant superintendent for three years, in Holyoke, MA. Prior to working directly in schools, Paul worked in adult and family literacy, public health, and community coalition development. Paul has worked with dozens of school and district teams to develop programs modeled on BRYT, and has extensive wider experience with program development in schools and communities as well as with network development, planning and leading professional learning, and supervising, mentoring, and advising school and district staff and leaders.
Zoom information will be sent via email in advance of the meeting.
About the Network:
The Behavioral Health Funders' Network (Network) is a state-wide network of funders working in the area of behavorial and mental health and wellness. For over 4 years the Network has been meeting regularly for peer learning, knowledge sharing, and relationship building.
The stated goals of the Network are: 1) Improve behavioral health services by providing a space and opportunity for learning from one another, and 2) Exchange information with the potential for collaboration on projects ranging in size from large, overarching initiatives to smaller community-based projects.