Meet the SATRI Team
Click on the names below to learn about each member of our team.
Marylynne Brady-Johnson, MBA, Chief Training Officer
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.
Jillian Gecewicz, LCSW, Director
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.
Brittany Beaudette, LMHC, Senior 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.).
Greyson Burns, BA, Supervising Trainer and Project Manager
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
Sheila Frank, 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.
Timothy Gallop, BA, Trainer
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.
Brandon Howlett, MS, Training Manager and Trainer
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.
Sarah Kane, MSW, Statewide Training Coordinator
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.
Shannon Mitchell, BA, 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.
Kendra Turcotte, BS, Trainer and Record Manager
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.