Our Staff

Marie A. Pinette, LMFT

Marie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been working at CYFSB since June of 1998.  She received her B.A. in Psychology from Salve Regina University in 1996 and went on to earn an M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Rhode Island in 1998. She provides individual counseling, family therapy, and parent education to Clinton youth and parents needing assistance in addressing a variety of issues.  Treatment often addresses difficulties with divorce, grief and loss, social skills, communication, and various diagnoses like ADHD, depression, anxiety, and Asperger’s syndrome.  Marie uses an integrated model of treatment using primarily Behavioral, Solution Focused, and Narrative methods.  In addition, she also includes art, play, and sand tray as tools in treating children and adolescents.  Strong emphasis is placed on parental support and collaboration with the schools to coordinate and develop the best possible treatment for CYFSB clients.  Marie also co-facilitates several programs at CYFSB including the Morgan Peer Advocate Program, Summer Partners, Fantastic Friends and Practical Parenting.  She also has recently become a licensed Zumba instructor and enjoys teaching a teen Zumba class called Crazy Latin Dancing.  In her free time, Marie enjoys playing the piano, singing, and making jewelry.

Diane Neri

Diane Neri has been the Administrative Assistant for Clinton Youth & Family Service Bureau since January 2003 after having served for three years as a member of the CYFSB Advisory Board. Diane was raised in New York City and received her BS in Education Degree from Lesley (College) University and AS in Accounting from Manchester Community College. She brings to the Bureau her 30 years experience in accounting and office management. Diane lives in Clinton with her husband, John, and their dog, Rocky. In her free time Diane enjoys sewing, scrapbooking, knitting, and traveling. She is a member of Shoreline Community Women and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Kelley Edwards

Kelley Edwards has worked for Partners in Community as the program coordinator of both the Partnership for Success grant (June 2011-June 2013) and the Drug Free Communities grant (June 2013-present). She received her BA degree in biology and psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. Kelley was the director of Youth Services for the Town of Ellington and a therapist for the Town of Wethersfield before coming to Clinton. Kelley lives in Clinton with her two daughters, Colleen and Kacey, and is an avid photographer.

Cheryl Church

Cheryl Church joined Clinton Social Services in November of 2010 as Coordinator.  She has served as a member of the Clinton Youth and Family Service Bureau Advisory Board for several  years, and is currently Secretary.  She has also served on various other town boards, commissions, and non-profit organizations  over the past decade.  In addition to assisting Clinton residents with various local and state assistance programs and referrals, Cheryl also currently serves as Municipal Agent for the Elderly and Veteran’s Affairs.

Melissa Warner

Melissa joined Clinton Social Services as the Social Service Assistant in July of 2016. Originally from the Seattle, Washington area, Melissa received her BA in Psychology from Western Washington University in 2014 and has since taken courses to work on earning her addiction studies certificate. Her experience in social services includes working with survivors of domestic violence, serving as a mental health case manager to adults, as well as working with youth in intensive inpatient rehab for chemical dependency. Melissa currently lives in the Groton area with her husband, two cats, and puppy.