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Rachel has been a part of the JRI team since January, 2000. For over 20 years, Rachel has been working in the field of human services assisting families with accessing and navigating services. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in psychology and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. She was promoted in July 2005 to Family Networks Program Director where she closely worked with the Department of Children Families for 10 years ensuring that children and families received the highest quality of individualized services ranging from community based through residential care. Rachel is very dedicated to helping the individuals she works with and is committed to improving the lives of children and families. Rachel’s passion for creative service programming inspires her in her role as JRI Service Navigator.

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Sara Alexander

Sara Alexander earned her Massachusetts Early Childhood (Pre-K-2) Teaching License in 2009 at Wheaton College and received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Roger Williams University in 2014. She has been working with children for over 14 years and has experience working with children in a variety of capacities. Her internships experiences include working as a Child Life intern on the Hematology/Oncology ward at Hartford Children’s Hospital and as an intern at a Greenlock Therapeutic Riding Center in Rehoboth, MA working with children with a variety of special needs. Her professional experiences include working as a Montessori preschool teacher, as an Infant/Toddler and Preschool Head Start teacher, as an early intervention developmental specialist, and in her current role as an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant.  She has been part of the Early Childhood Training and Consultation Program since 2014 and provides support and coaching to preschools, after school programs, and parents around the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of children. Sara has specialized training as a Special Education Advocate from the Federation for Children with Special Needs, the Pyramid Model, Top of the Pyramid Strategies, and Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency Model (ARC) for treating trauma. Sara enjoys all aspects of her job, but most especially working with families and educators to support the social, emotional, and special education needs of children in underserved communities.

Sara Alexander

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