Coordinators and Facilitators

The ACT Boston Regional Office is one of five regional ACT offices around the country and is part of a vast network of regional as well as national professionals who work with caretakers to prevent violence in the lives of their children.

Please read on for more information on how our region and the national ACT program operate. 

Community Coordinators

Our Regional Center's Community Coordinators provide two-day training workshops for future facilitators of the eight-week Parent Workshops. These professionals are nationally trained and certified members of ACT who have demonstrated continued commitment and enthusiasm for the ACT Raising Safe Kids Program. They are well experienced with the program and are qualified to train other professionals to lead the RSK program.

Current ACT Community Coordinators in the Northeast:

  • UCONN: Dept. of Human Development & Family Studies, Storrs: Meg Galante-Deangelis, Kari Adamsons
  • ACT-Boston Regional Office, Waltham: Howie Baker, Sylvia Pena, Karen Gutterman, Katharine Braun-Levine, Bruce Johnson
  •, Cambridge: Kelly Champion
  • Southcoast Hospitals Group RAPPP: Sharon Souza
New Jersey
  • Child & Family Resources, Morristown: Jeffrey Segal, Rebekka Zydel, Nacie Arnold
  • Montclair State University, Montclair: Milton Fuentes
New York
  • CEO-CAP: Commission on Economic Opportunity, Troy: Samantha Wheeler
  • HCDI & Cornell University Cooperative Extension: Virginia Ryan
  • Puerto Rican Family Institute, Bronx: Milton Fuentes



Facilitators are a part of the ACT Family, and they run the ACT Raising Safe Kids parent group in their local communities. They help caretakers to create strong, happy families and a safe environment in their homes and communities. These individuals represent a spectrum of professions, some of which include:

  • Educators
  • Psychologists
  • Childcare providers
  • Healthcare providers
  • Social workers
  • Domestic Violence Counselors
  • Case managers
  • Mental health workers

Facilitators are qualified to utilize APA ACT materials to run Raising Safe Kids Parent Groups in their local facilities. Learn about becoming an ACT facilitator by visiting our Facilitator Workshops page.

Full Certification

Full Certification includes a two-day training workshop led by a community coordinator and an observation by a regional office-approved ACT member (can also be via videotape or Skype) in their presentation of the Positive Discipline lesson.

See our list of current certified ACT facilitators in the Northeast.

You may also want to visit our page on ACT Raising Safe Kids parent groups.