Recently, REACH welcomed Kristin Flammia to our staff as our Volunteer Program Coordinator. This is a new position on our Prevention team. Kristin is working to increase the capacity of our organization to reach more individuals and communities by providing leadership opportunities for our volunteers. Read on to get to know her!
Tell us a little about yourself?
I was born and raised in Flemington, New Jersey. My husband and I moved to the Boston area about two years ago and are making Massachusetts our home!
Growing up, I always had an interest in the psychology and social work fields (I credit much of this to my mother’s work in the social service field and her overall passion for learning). In high school, I began learning about domestic violence through my school’s Contemporary American Problems course. This course inspired me and gave me a platform to bring DV awareness to the school community. I went on to study Psychology and Spanish at Rutgers University where I led mental health awareness events and worked as a peer mental health educator. During this time, I also worked as an advocate at my local domestic violence agency, Safe in Hunterdon. After graduating college, I decided to stay at Rutgers to earn my master’s degree in Social Work. I spent the first six years of my career in different settings (school, university, clinic) working as a mental health clinician. Much of my work focused on children, teens, and young adults who experienced various traumas. I am excited to be coming back to my roots, working in the field of domestic violence, and I’m thrilled to be shifting to education and prevention work!
What are some of your hobbies?
I spend time with family and friends any opportunity I get and I love showing people around Boston! I am a cat mom and I love animals; I am always up for a trip to the local animal shelter to deliver goodies and spend time with furry friends. I like to read, go to concerts and comedy shows, listen to podcasts, shop, and decorate!
What are you most excited about in your new job?
Throughout the past several weeks I have had the chance to meet and work with many of our amazing volunteers and interns—their dedication is incredible. I am so excited to continue the work of my wonderful predecessor, Lauren Montanaro, in growing the volunteer program and creating more volunteer roles that support the REACH mission.