Admissions

Admissions Director/Assistant Clinical Director

Lauren joined the Grove staff as a clinician in 2006 and was appointed as the Admissions Director in 2010. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Vermont and her Master’s Degree in Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy from San Francisco State University. She currently holds a CT License in Marriage and Family Therapy. Lauren also has been trained in the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Seeking Safety Therapy models.

Her clinical focus is on applying DBT skills to the individual and group therapy process, as well as emphasizing the value of physical wellness as an essential component of the healthy individual. Lauren works to help students develop healthy interpersonal skills to effectively get their needs met and become more active participants in their lives.

In her role as Admissions Director, Lauren works closely with families and students as they begin the process of determining if Grove School is the right match. She is dedicated to bringing in new students and families with diverse needs to create a positive and unique community at Grove.

Lauren is proud to be a part of an environment that encourages creativity and flexibility. She develops safe and supportive relationships with students and their families to facilitate their trust in the therapeutic process.

Outside of her professional world, Lauren spends time with her husband, young son and dog exploring her personal interests of travelling, running, yoga, snowboarding and veganism. 

Associate Executive Director

Kelly is originally from York, Pennsylvania, though she has lived in North Carolina and Minnesota before moving to Connecticut in 2001. She joined the Grove team as a Teacher/Counselor, teaching Special Education and supervising a girl’s dorm. She later worked as a Residential Administrator before becoming an Associate Director in 2007.

Kelly graduated cum laude from Juniata College with a BA in Special Education and Elementary Education. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Kelly designed and implemented a vocational and transitional program for high school students with special needs which received national recognition. She has worked in a variety of educational settings at the elementary and high school level. Kelly holds her Connecticut teaching certificate in Special Education, grades 1-12.

At Grove, Kelly is the Director of the Girls Program, oversees the Admissions Department and manages Grove’s Community Outreach. She serves as the co-Advisor for the Student Council and oversees Special Campus Events such as concerts, dances, and dinners. She has also coordinated and lead Grove’s ASTEE service trip to El Salvador and overnight adventure trips. Kelly is a Certified Instructor in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention through the Crisis Prevention Institute and she also serves as the Title IX Coordinator for Grove School. 

Areas of professional interest for Kelly include working with teenagers who have been adopted, nutrition and wellness, and the impact of technology on adolescent development. One of Kelly’s favorite aspects of her job is being a Student Advisor and working closely with students, parents and their treatment teams.  The relationships she has built in her time at Grove have had a profound impact on her personal and professional growth. She is passionate about her work with the Grove School students and staff and enjoys being a member a community that is committed to growth and health.

Kelly and her husband, Ben, live very close to campus with their young daughters, Annie and Greta. Kelly's interests include running, skiing, vegetarian cooking and spending time at the beach.