Meet the SATRI Team

  • Marylynne Brady-Johnson, MBA
    Chief Training Officer

    As Chief Training Officer for Northern Rivers, Marylynne Brady-Johnson leads SATRI’s strategic initiatives to provide tens of thousands of hours of training for Northern Rivers’ staff, as well as guiding its ongoing expansion as an educational and training resource to external clients. She also serves as a member of the Northern Rivers senior management team, providing oversight and direction to the $85 million organization.Under Marylynne’s leadership, SATRI has grown from a department with one employee to a $1.2 million educational institution that provides on-site professional development and training throughout New York State and generates revenue for Northern Rivers. She is involved with local, regional, and statewide human services planning initiatives including New York State Health Home and Medicaid Delivery System Reform Initiative Program (DSRIP) planning.

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  • Jillian Gecewicz, LCSW
    Director

    As director of the Sidney Albert Training and Research Institute (SATRI), Jillian Gecewicz oversees the provision of tens of thousands of units of training every year for both Northern Rivers staff and external training clients. She works with the New York State Office of Children and Family Services to manage statewide training for the Bridges to Health (B2H) program and New York’s transition to managed care, with the New York State Office of Mental Health to manage statewide trainings, and with the Research Foundation for State University of New York to manage statewide training for professional staff.Jillian has developed and implemented curricula on Dignity for All Students (DASA) standards, trauma, assessment, engagement, person-centered care, diversity, and children’s mental health for internal and external audiences. She is also a certified coach in the Child and Adolescent Strengths and Needs Assessment (CANS-NY), a certified trainer in ASIST suicide intervention, peer mediation, Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma, Teen Intervene, and Supervision for Success. Jillian provides training on a wide variety of topics for Northern Rivers staff, including sophisticated instruction that allows students to expand their clinical scope and expertise.Jillian spent 15 years in the Residential area, working for Northern Rivers member organization Parsons Child & Family Center as a clinician, clinical supervisor, coordinator of mental health programs, director of community residences, and senior director of residential services. Throughout her career in Residential services, she worked with SATRI to provide clinical and supervisory trainings before joining the department full-time in 2015.Jillian earned both her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in social work from the University at Albany.

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  • Brittany Beaudette, LMHC
    Senior Trainer

    As senior trainer of the Sidney Albert Training and Research Institute (SATRI), Brittany Beaudette draws on her human services background working with both children and adults to provide training to internal and external audiences. She is a certified trainer in motivational interviewing, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI), therapeutic response, American Red Cross Community First Aid and CPR, and she is also a certified family visit coach and a Teen Intervene trainer.Brittany joined Northern Rivers member agency Parsons Child & Family Center as a group home clinician in 2015 and began creating curricula for SATRI in early 2017 before joining the team full-time.She previously served as a substance abuse counselor and a clinical support counselor at several agencies in Florida.Brittany earned her bachelor’s degree in forensic psychology from Bay Path College (Longmeadow, Mass.) and her master’s degree in mental health counseling from Nova Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.).

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  • Greyson Burns, BA
    Supervising Trainer and Project Manager

    As supervising trainer and project manager trainer and statewide training coordinator, for the Sidney Albert Training and Research Institute (SATRI), Greyson draws on his 18 years’ experience in the human services field to provide training to internal and external audiences on topics including professional supervision, working with children with special needs and behavioral challenges, and LGBTQ issues. He provides supervisory and skills-based training to professionals statewide who work in New York State Office of Children and Family Services foster care programs. He also manages a statewide training contract for specialized training for the Bridges to Health (B2H) program and its transition to a managed care model, and he is a certified Teen Intervene trainer. Greyson joined the organization as a B2H waiver service provider in 2011 for Northern Rivers member agency Parsons Child & Family Center, was promoted to supervisor, and joined SATRI in 2016. Previously he worked for several agencies in New Yorkand Massachusetts in a number of licensed mental health programs as a supervisor, researcher, manager, and counselor. Greyson earned his bachelor's degree from Franklin Pierce University (Rindge, N.H.).

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  • Lauren Ford, LMSW
    Training Manager

    Lauren joined the Northern Rivers Family of Services team in the fall of 2018 as a Training Manager for the Sidney Albert Training and Research Institute (SATRI). In this role, Lauren reviews SATRI contracts for the provision of training and services, provides supervision to assigned SATRI trainers, manages documentation, coordinates regional participation in statewide needs assessments, develops curriculum, and collaborates with stakeholders on multiples levels. Lauren received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Welfare and Master’s in Social Work at the University at Albany. She is a licensed Master Social Worker. After receiving her degrees, Lauren made the Capital Region her permanent home and has built a career focused on public policy, training, and advocacy for marginalized populations. She has developed a wide skill-set through experiences working with local community centers, large training organizations, and state associations.

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  • Sheila Frank
    Office Manager

    Sheila Frank joined Northern River Family of Services in December 2013 as administrative assistant for the Sidney Albert Training & Research Institute (SATRI). In 2015 she was promoted to SATRI office manager.Sheila is responsible for the organization and coordination of office operations, procedures, and resources to facilitate organizational effectiveness and efficiency. She serves as the primary contact for continuing education offerings online, training issues, and questions.

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  • Timothy Gallop, BA
    Trainer

    As a trainer for the Sidney Albert Training & Research Institute (SATRI), Timothy Gallop draws on years of experience in working with children and families at risk. His areas of expertise include crisis de-escalation, family engagement, and effective service provision.Tim came to SATRI in September 2018, having joined Northern Rivers in 2010 as a senior residential counselor for member agency Parsons Child & Family Center working with youth in the foster care system. In 2013, Tim moved to the Bridges to Health (B2H) program as a waiver service provider and worked individually with at-risk youth, supporting them at maintaining in the lowest level of care possible.Tim earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

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  • Brandon Howlett, MS
    Training Manager and Trainer

    As training manager and trainer for the Sidney Albert Training & Research Institute (SATRI), Brandon Howlett oversees the Bridges to Health (B2H) training contract and the preparations to transition the program to a managed care model; the New York State Office of Mental Health training contract; and the Child and Adolescent Strengths and Needs Assessment (CANS-NY) Technical Assistance Institute in addition to providing training to Northern Rivers’ 1,400-member workforce.He teaches clinical and billing software packages to Health Home network members throughout the state, provides CANS-NY training to voluntary foster care agencies across the state as a certified CANS-NY coach, and facilitates training on a variety of topics to the Northern Rivers workforce. He specializes in topics including diversity and cultural awareness, adapting to change, conflict resolution, interpersonal communication skills, and professional presentation delivery skills for internal and external audiences. Howlett is also a certified Teen Intervene trainer.Brandon joined SATRI in 2016, after 9 years with Northern Rivers’ member agency Parsons Child & Family Center’s Home and Community-Based Waiver Program, where he provided guidance, linkage, support, and rehabilitative advisement to individuals through intensive in-home contact and intervention practices.He previously worked as a youth literacy specialist and as a youth coordinator and mediator. Brandon earned both his bachelor’s degree in sociology and master’s degree in educational administration and policy studies from the University at Albany.

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  • Sarah Kane, MSW
    StatewideTraining Coordinator

    As statewide training coordinator and trainer for the Sidney Albert Training & Research Institute (SATRI), Sarah Kane draws on her 11 years’ experience in Northern Rivers’ residential programs to provide training and guidance to organization employees, as well as external training clients. Her areas of expertise include Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI), conflict resolution, negotiating skills, and child and adolescent development.She has developed and delivered curricula and trained professionals in combatting and preventing compassion fatigue for the New York State Office of Children and Family Services and Northern Rivers, is a certified coach in the Child and Adolescent Strengths and Needs Assessment (CANS-NY), provides continuing education trainings for social workers and mental health counselors, and provides both supervisory and skills-based training for foster care workers throughout New York State. Kane is also a certified Teen Intervene trainer, a certified Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)trainer, and a Youth Mental Health First Aid trainer.Sarah joined the SATRI team in 2016 after a decade in fesidential programs at Northern Rivers member agency Parsons Child & Family Center.She came to the organization as a volunteer in 2006 working with youth placed in foster care and was soon hired as a residential counselor. She quickly rose through the ranks to become a supervisor, and then moved to dual roles as a crisis prevention specialist and clinical treatment coordinator in a New York State Office of Mental Health–licensed residence.Sarah earned both her bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology and her Master of Social Work from the University at Albany.

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  • Shannon Mitchell, BA
    Trainer

    As a trainer for the Sidney Albert Training & Research Institute (SATRI), Shannon Mitchell draws on her years of experience working with at-risk youth, creating and editing content, and facilitating leadership development and conflict resolution to provide training to internal and external audiences. Her areas of expertise include trauma-informed care, Aegis crisis intervention, and wilderness therapy. She is a certified CPR and Teen Intervene trainer.Shannon joined the organization in 2017 as an assistant residential supervisor with Northern Rivers’ member agency Parsons Child & Family Center. She previously worked as a senior field instructor with Evoke at Entrada, providing therapeutic wilderness experiences for at-risk youth. She has served as an instructor and field guide at numerous youth camps, and as a copywriter and creative writer.Shannon earned her bachelor’s degree in anthropology and sociology from the University at Albany.

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  • Kendra Turcotte, BS
    Trainer and Record Manager

    As trainer and record manager for the Sidney Albert Training & Research Institute (SATRI), Kendra Turcotte is responsible for overseeing and maintaining training records for Northern Rivers’ 1,400 employees, interns, students, and volunteers; coordinating the organization’s online trainings; developing the yearly training schedule; maintaining continuing education attendance and reports for New York State Education Department; and facilitating both internal and external trainings.She has developed curricula on safety for community workers, effective communication and writing skills, nutrition, and diversity. Kendra is also a certified trainer in Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI), Handle with Care, American Red Cross Community First Aid and CPR, and safeTALK suicide awareness.Kendra has spent 20 years with Northern Rivers, the past 19 as a member of the SATRI team. She is responsible for maintaining the organization’s learning management system; monitoring staff training compliance per state, local, and federal requirements; providing training both internally and externally; and handling logistics for large-format internal and external trainings. Kendra earned her BS in business, management, and economics from SUNY Empire State College.

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  • Leigh Van Swall, M.Ed.
    Senior Trainer

    As a senior trainer at the Sidney Albert Training & Research Institute (SATRI), Leigh Van Swall draws on her coaching and facilitation background working with both children and adults to provide training to internal and external audiences. She is a certified trainer in American Red Cross Community First Aid and CPR and a certified Myers-Briggs Indicator Facilitator. Leigh joined Northern Rivers member agency SATRI in October, 2018 as a Senior Trainer. She previously worked in foster care services with Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth and worked with a number of public and independent schools in a variety of teaching and facilitation capacities. Leigh Van Swall graduated from the College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA) with a BA in East Asian Studies and is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She is certified as a Holistic Health Counselor by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, a Reiki Master and a certified career coach.  Leigh received a Masters of Education from the University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA) in Social Foundations (Educational Psychology).

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