Rebecca Lemanski, MSW
Director, Middletown WORKS
Founder, Community Resilience Collaborative of Middlesex County
Rebecca began her career as a Parent Educator in 2005 at Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC) in Middletown, CT, where she received certification in two evidence-based parent education models used successfully around the world; Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) and Circle of Security-Parenting. For over a decade, Rebecca worked with hundreds of caregivers impacted by severe trauma and abuse, such as damaging childhoods, intimate partner violence, custody disputes, addiction/recovery, mental illness and children with their own trauma histories to promote nurturing home environments.
After spending 14 years providing community-based education and support to families, Rebecca pivoted her career and began focusing on community health and well-being, with an emphasis on resilience. Rebecca’s passion for mitigating trauma and cultivating resilience is evidenced by the founding of a regional collaborative in 2018 called the Community Resilience Collaborative of Middlesex County (CRC) to help develop systems grounded in trauma and resiliency informed approaches.
Currently, Rebecca serves as Director of Middletown WORKS, an economic initiative of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, designed to increase prosperity among Middletown’s single parent families living in poverty through systems change, collaborative leadership and collective impact.
Rebecca holds a Master of Social Work Administration from UConn School of Social Work and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (K-6) from Central Connecticut State University. She lives in Connecticut with her 13-year-old son and during her free time, enjoys reading, cycling, lifting weights, Zumba and traveling. She not only encourages other parents to be a ‘good enough’ parent, she practices this herself.