November 5, 2020

Starting at 6:30 pm | Microsoft Teams - Register with Button Above

Join us to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on youth and families and how to manage stress, anxiety, and other negative emotions during the transition back to school. Come hear about resources promoting physical, emotional, and mental well-being. All parents, guardians, interested family members, and professionals are welcome.

Attendees will receive a FREE digital wellness toolkit!

  • Crissy Groenewegen is the Community Prevention Educator at CAPE of Dutchess County. She will discuss health and wellness related to mental health and substance use disorder and the educational programming she provides to schools, community organizations, and local businesses. Crissy will also talk about the importance of prevention and the shift in CAPE’s focus as a result of the pandemic.
  • Gina Bizzoco is a licensed clinical social worker and a Project Manager at Astor Services for Children & Families. She will be discussing the behavioral health and education services provided by her organization as well as the recent adaptations they have made to their services in response to the pandemic.
  • Scott Schimmel is the Content & Curriculum Developer for Natural High, a program that engages influencers, educators, and peer groups to promote prevention. They aim to help young people discover their ‘Natural High’ (activities in their lives that uplift, inspire, and motivate them). This helps them to avoid the temptation of an artificial high from alcohol or drugs.
  • Jo Ann Brown is the Program Director & Coordinator for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Mid-Hudson. She will be speaking about the many mental health-focused programs that are offered by her organization. They support students and families that are struggling with mental illness.
  • Kristen Barton is the Marathon Project Coordinator at CAPE of Dutchess County. She will talk about this special long-distance running program that promotes healthy lifestyles and goal setting. Kristen will also discuss how she has modified the project’s initiatives in the face of the pandemic.
  • Pasquale Delli Carpini is the President of the Wappingers Congress of Teachers. He will be speaking about prevention efforts in local schools and how CAPE’s services have made a difference for the students and the teachers in the Wappingers Central School District.
  • Carlton Hall is the CEO of Carlton Hall Consulting Services. He is skilled at helping communities deal with changing policies, complex challenges, and diminishing resources in a better, more effective way. Carlton’s responsibilities, his unique set of skills, and his experience have made him one of the most highly sought-after instructors and guides for community problem-solving.


Have a question for one of our speakers?

You can submit your question on the registration form using the ‘register now’ button at the top of this page, or you can email it to the event coordinator, Crissy, whose information is listed below.



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