Thom Mystic Valley Expands Leadership Team

New Associate Team Leaders from left to right: Joanne Flanagan; Leah Devereaux; Jackie Marklis; Kim Murnane.

Thom Mystic Valley is excited to announce the expansion of our leadership team with the promotion of four clinicians to newly created Associate Team Leader positions.

The Associate Team Leaders will provide reflective, transdisciplinary support and guidance to members of the clinical team, and will be available to speak with families who have questions around Early Intervention (EI) services. They will assist in ensuring continuation of high quality services our families deserve and enjoy. Drawing from our internal talent, all four positions were filled from within the program. Each of these new leaders brings a wealth of diverse experience, knowledge, and passion to their new roles.

Jacqueline (Jackie) Marklis is a Developmental Specialist with over 14 years of experience in Early Intervention, including almost 9 years at Thom Mystic Valley. Other great experiences she brings include work as the Assistant Director, and as the Family Support Specialist in a local Head Start program. Jackie has been an interim team leader within our program and is familiar with the expectations her new role brings. A favorite part of Jackie’s work in EI has been the balance of working with parents and children. She is excited to add supporting clinicians to her role.

Joanne Flanagan is a Developmental Specialist who has worked with our program for almost 17 years. Her master’s degree in Early Intervention from Wheelock College equipped her perfectly for her work in EI. Joanne has mentored students and peers, was our group coordinator, and was a team leader before taking a career break. She is in the unique position of drawing on her past experience of supporting clinical staff as she steps into this new role. Joanne enjoys supporting all children and families.

Kim Murnane has been with Thom Mystic Valley Early Intervention since early 2017 as a Developmental Specialist. She is also a Certified Child Life Specialist of over 10 years. She has many years of experience working with children and families in acute care and acute rehabilitation settings. Professionally, Kim is particularly interested in working with children and families affected by prematurity, hospitalization, or medical complexities. Outside of her work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two young daughters going to various activities and events.

Leah Devereaux is a Registered Nurse who has been with our program since March, 2015. Since joining our team, Leah has completed her Newborn Behavioral Observation certification, and has become a lactation counselor. Leah’s most recent achievement was becoming certified in infant-parent mental health, following a 2 year post graduate program at UMass Boston. As our nurse, she has taken on the role of healthcare consultant for our program and enjoys orienting new staff on our health standards. Leah is most interested in medically complex babies and their relationships with caregivers. She loves going on adventures with her husband, 2 children, and their dog.