Meet our Board

Emily Horowitz, MA, LMHC, LPC


Emily is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor whose passion and expertise is in serving expecting, new and experienced parents. She comes to Parenting Village with over 13 years of experience in the nonprofit sector in various capacities, including administrative, fundraising, … Read More

Katie Malarkey


Katie came to Parenting Village as a stay-at-home Mom looking to help families find the “village” that it takes to help raise a child.  With an education in physics and desire to help parents find the support and connection they need, Katie works in many aspects of … Read More

Sarah Farash Alexander, LMSW

Vice President

Sarah is a licensed social work practitioner and researcher. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Social Work and Social Research exploring barriers in access to early childhood developmental screening. Sarah has over 10 years of experience in clinical trials research … Read More

Betsy Bringewatt, Ph.D., M.S.W.

Executive Director

Betsy comes to Parenting Village with over 10 years of experience conducting research on programs that support children and families. She has a Masters in Social Work and a Ph.D. in Social Work and Sociology from the University of Michigan. Her dissertation involved a … Read More

Andrea Coron Richardson


Andrea comes to Parenting Village with nearly a decade of experience in the non-profit sector, during which she oversaw finance and administration for four international volunteer programs and developed operational systems to send thousands of volunteers overseas at a human … Read More

Shawna Peterson, LMSW

Shawna was thrilled to hear about the idea of Parenting Village at the very first community meeting. At the time, Shawna was a first-time parent seeking connection with other parents in the Rochester community and was excited about the possibility of connecting her … Read More

Jessica Fowler, LCSW

Jessica first came to Parenting Village by bringing her own children to a parenting Circle. She was excited to find support as she transitioned to becoming a mother of two young boys. Since that time, she has developed a passion for working with families transitioning to … Read More

Heather Holt

Heather, along with her husband Topher, are owners of Luvaboos. … Read More

Lisa Luxemberg, LMSW

Lisa is a Licensed Masters in Social Worker who has been employed by the University of Rochester Medical Center for over 20 years.  Most of those years have been spent working in a Midwifery Practice with pregnant teens.  She has 2 teenage children and understands … Read More

Dianne Cassidy, MA, IBCLC, ALC, CCE

Dianne is a Lactation Consultant in Rochester, New York with Advanced Lactation Certification. Dianne works in Private Practice, and in a busy Pediatrician office supporting mothers and babies. Dianne has been working in the field of Maternal/ Child Health for over 10 … Read More

Ellen Sargeant

Ellen came to Parenting Village as a parent of two children and three stepchildren, looking for a family-based volunteer experience as the empty nest years were approaching in her life. Ellen is a Licensed Master of Social Work who has worked in the field of Addiction … Read More