Staff Bios

Lisa Mazingo, Director

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Lisa has been the Director at Kent Family Center since the agency opened in 2016. She has attended Towson and Wilmington Universities where she studied developmental psychology, early childhood education, and applied family science. Lisa has worked with children and families for over 25 years. She loves her job at Kent Family Center because it allows her to work with parents and their children simultaneously,  which has an impact on the whole family. Lisa lives in Queen Anne’s County and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, who are young adults. 

 

Samantha Rivera, Service Coordinator

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Sam attended Salisbury University where she studied psychology and social work. She has worked for KCPS as a Spanish-English interpreter/tutor in the elementary school setting. Sam has experience working with children and families helping bridge mental health services, build strong connections and reduce stigma. She is an advocate for equity, justice and diversity. Sam lives in Talbot County with her dog Lola. She enjoys traveling, going to Target, and visiting family and friends. 

 

Katie LeMaire, Child Development Specialist

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Katie and her husband currently live in Chestertown with their daughter (Lucy), son (Douglas), and their black lab, Paisley.  She has a PhD in Infant and Early Childhood Development and has been working in early childhood since 2005. She enjoys reading, fishing, and spending time with family. 

 

Catherine Torres, In-Home Interventionist

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Catherine began working at Kent Family Center as a child development assistant. Due to her growing love and passion for using the two-generation approach with families, she stepped into the role of In- Home Interventionist. She began her work with children in 2011 after the loss of her first-born child. Catherine enjoys facilitating groups and engaging in community outreach activities with families, including the annual clothing give-away that she helps organize. Outside of work, Catherine can be found spending time with her two daughters, Haven and Legacy and her husband, Jason.

 

Christy Martin, Secretary

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Chris greets participants and all guests as they enter the Center.  She Inputs all statistical data, manages all financial duties, including ordering all supplies and maintains records for accounts payable.  While not at work, she and her husband reside in Kennedyville, MD with their granddaughter.  She has two grown children and is blessed with four beautiful grandchildren. She enjoys knitting, crocheting and reading. 

 

Shannon Bryant, Child Development Assistant

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Shannon graduated from Wilmington University in 2017 where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education Studies. She is now pursuing her Master’s in Early Childhood Education Studies. She has been working in a classroom environment for 7+ years. Shannon lives at her home in Worton, MD with her husband, Matt, her 12-year-old son, Dawson, her 7-month-old daughter, Clara and their dog Max. When not at work, Shannon enjoys reading, playing with her children, and spending time visiting with family. 

 

Callie Turner, Child Development Assistant

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 Callie studied Early Childhood Development, receiving her associate's degree from Chesapeake College. She has been working in child care for five years. Callie lives in Chestertown, with her boyfriend, two year old son Waylon and their dog Lucy.