The People Behind LYFS
Erin M. Deery, LICSW - Executive Director (She/her)
Erin started as the new Executive Director in the summer of 2015, and she is excited to be part of the Lexington community! Erin is a Clinical Social Worker with an MSW degree from Simmons College School of Social Work in Boston, MA. Erin worked as a clinician at The Brookline Community Mental Health Center for 9 years, providing outpatient therapy to individuals and families. Erin also coordinated New Pathways - a prevention and emergency shelter program for homeless, runaway and other "high risk" youth. Prior to Brookline, Erin worked in community mental health and with children with special needs. She has also worked with LGBTQ youth.
Alana Martel - Community Coordinator / Office Monitor (she/her)
Alana is a 2014 graduate of Lexington High School. She has worked for the Boston Alliance of LGBTQ Youth and volunteered for Freedom Massachusetts, the campaign for transgender equality. In addition to this, she has experience caring for elderly people and those living with Alzheimers. Alana came out as a lesbian in 2013 and dealt with her own mental health challenges while attending Lexington High School. This has inspired her to become involved in mental health / LGBTQ advocacy. She is passionate about connecting people who may be struggling to resources, information and community.
Geoff spent nearly 20 years as an environmental consultant focused on the air quality impacts of the electric power industry. He now runs a small foundation, and is active in several Lexington organizations. He lives in Lexington with his wife and nine-year-old son.
Betsey Weiss (she/her)
Betsey has been active in school and Town politics for over twenty years. She was the Bowman PTA Co- President in 1993 and an active supporter and member of many Override Committees. From 2000- 2004 she was the Lexington High School PTSA Co-President and Vice-President. She was a member of the LHS Academic Stress Committee working to reduce stress at LHS. She chaired the Community Preservation Act ( CPA) Campaign which passed in 2006 and has brought over twelve million dollars in state matching funds to Lexington to date and then chaired the Community Preservation Committee for several years. She is currently the Lexington Housing Partnership Vice-Chair, which is an affordable housing committee and has been a Town Meeting Member since 2004.
LYFS Youth Advisory Board
Candela de Amorrortu (she/her)
Candela is a senior at Lexington High School and is in her second year on the Youth Advisory Board for LYFS. She has grown to be more involved with mental health, after becoming a peer mentor for Sources of Strength. She believes that mental health is a topic that should be comfortably spoken about among her Lexington community. Candela also enjoys being a peer mentor and leader at Lexington High School. Out of school, Candela loves performing with the LHS improv troupe, running for the track team and traveling with her family!
Arjun Delity (he/him)
Arjun is a junior at Lexington High School and is thrilled to be continuing onto his second year on the Youth Board. He feels strongly about mental health because he wants to change how it is thought about at his school. Arjun's mindset is that the best way to do so is to educate the community of Lexington, both students and parents, to help them understand how serious mental health can be. At school, Arjun is involved with robotics and jazz, and plays tennis outside of school. However, his primary passion is Indo-Chinese food.
Avani Kabra (she/her)
Avani is currently a senior at Lexington High School and she is excited for her second year on the LYFS Youth Board! She is extremely passionate about addressing the stigmatization of mental health within the Lexington community. Avani believes that awareness and education is key to finding ways to help people with mental health conditions. In her spare time, Avani enjoys traveling around the world, playing soccer, and taking pictures.
Mina Lee (she/her)
Mina is in her second year on the LYFS Youth Board and is currently a senior at Lexington High School. She joined the Youth Board to have the opportunity to help teens and parents overcome the stigma of mental health and highlight the impact of cultural stress in Lexington. She is especially passionate on spreading positivity at the high school. Her other interests include music and photography. At LHS, she is the president of her class and is also an avid fan of smoothies and hugs.