trainer profiles

trainer profiles

Anitza Guadarrama-Tiernan, LCSW, graduated from Boston University School of Social Work in 2001.  She joined The Children’s Trust in 2002 as the Parenting Education and Support Grants Manager and later as the Family Support Coordinator. She is currently the Director of Training and brings expertise in the fields of human service management, family support, child abuse prevention, and staff development. Her background also includes experience in higher education operations. In addition to facilitating training topics, Anitza oversees the Family Support Training Center activities at the Children’s Trust.


Meg Manning currently works for the Children’s Trust as the Training Coordinator for the Healthy Families Massachusetts program.  With an academic background in Child Development, Meg has extensive experience both working with young children and providing training on early education topics.  Previously, Meg directed an early literacy program for young children and has worked as a preschool teacher. 


Lee MacKinnon is the Home Visitation Training Specialist at the Children’s Trust where she develops and provides training for Healthy Families Massachusetts and other home visiting models. Her academic background is in child development, early childhood education, and early childhood home visiting. With more than 25 years in the field, she has developed and coordinated family support and education programs, as well as trained early childhood teachers at UMass Amherst. Lee has been a Healthy Families Massachusetts Core Trainer for 15 years, as well as a National Trainer for Healthy Families America. 

Marybeth Dwyer, is a training consultant for the Children’s Trust with over 20 years’ experience in the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Her training experience with parents led to the design, development and delivery of a multilingual and cultural curriculum entitled Keeping Kids Safe that is now offered in six languages. As a family support training specialist for the Children’s Trust from 2005 to 2015, she was a master trainer on the Talking About Touching (TAT) child personal safety program, a trainer for Parents as Teachers, managed the MELD statewide replication program, presented on Second Step, Child Protection Unit, Strengthening Families, and Protecting God’s Children. She has one grown son and three grandchildren.

Aimee Arvan, manages the All Babies Cry program at the Children's Trust. After receiving her B.S. in Marketing Communications from Emerson College, Aimee joined educators at Vida Health Communications, Inc. to develop media-based learning solutions for healthcare challenges. Aimee developed a diverse skill set working on multiple NIH funded programs exploring the impact of digital health messaging designed to promote competencies and improve outcomes. Over the last 10 years, Aimee has produced and distributed several public health media interventions and award-winning social issue documentary films seen by audiences around the world.

Tammy Bernardi,is the Prevention Training Specialist at the Children’s Trust. Her academic background is in early childhood development, early childhood education, and advocacy for child and family policy. With over 20 years in the field she has experience in early childhood programs, early childhood home visiting, and home visiting program development. Additionally, she has extensive experience the past 13 years training for professionals in early childhood screening, curriculum use, supervisory skills development, and communication approaches when working with families.