FAST Forward TEAM
Erica Ungarelli, FAST Forward Program Director
Erica has worked for the NH Department of Health and Human Services for over 20 years in various roles and has worked for DCYF for 18 years. Erica has helped develop new programs and services for DCYF. Her work in cross-departmental collaboration and identification of issues and gaps in service has brought a unique skill set that is the driving force behind her leading this program.
Adele C. Gallant, FAST Forward Program Manager
In September 2013, Adele accepted her current position as the FAST Forward Program manager. Adele began her employment with DCYF in 2007 as a Child Protection Service Worker. During her time with DCYF, she has worked as the Adolescent Worker for a district office, presented at a variety of conferences, co-facilitated internal training, facilitated wrap-around team meetings between state agency staff, service providers, and community resources and served as a peer coach and Champion in Solution-Based Casework.
FAST Forward Coordinators (FFC)
Daryll provides wrap around supports for youth and families living with severe emotional disturbances. With background work within a community mental health agency and higher education for nearly 10 years, providing care management, functional supports, mediation, and youth driven wrap around support for client’s transitioning from school to career, Daryll is motivated and passionate about ensuring that youth and families are connected to the needs that they “voice.” Now working with F.A.S.T forward, Daryll brings this knowledge to help provide youth and families care coordination and to facilitate youth guided and family driven direction to connecting families to what they need.
Patrice is from the North Country of New Hampshire. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science from Granite State College and has been supporting New Hampshire families for over 12 years in reaching their goals. She is excited about being a part of the System of Care and the FAST Forward Program and truly believes that there is hope for families who are experiencing the difficulties associated with mental illness.
Amanda is a graduate from Plymouth State University with a degree in psychology and law. Amanda has been working with youth and families for many years in many different capacities including the Boys and Girls Club, community mental health centers, and most recently the fast-forward program. Amanda is very excited to introduce a system of care and wraparound model to families in the state of New Hampshire and build relationships with New Hampshire communities.
Family and Community Support Specialists (FCSS)
Heidi joined the NAMI NH staff in 2013 as part of the State of New Hampshire’s Families and Systems Together: F.A.S.T. Forward Initiative. This role allows her to provide one-on-one family support, education and advocacy for families with children diagnosed with a serious mental disorder. As the parent of a child with a serious emotional disorder and through her experiences with NAMI NH, Heidi knows well the importance of, and has become a passionate advocate for, family support.
Laurie joined the NAMI NH staff in 2014 as part of the State of New Hampshire's Families and Systems Together: F.A.S.T. Forward Initiative. This role allows her to provide one-on-one family support, education and advocacy for families with children diagnosed with a serious mental disorder. Prior to joining the staff, Laurie has been a NAMI NH volunteer for ten years and she has served as a Support Group facilitator and is a Parents Meeting the Challenge teacher. As the parent of a child with a serious emotional disorder and through her experiences with NAMI NH, Laurie knows the importance of, and has become a passionate advocate for, family support. Laurie also has twelve years of experience working in the public school system with children who have serious emotional disorders.
Cultural and Linguistics Competency Coordinator
Amy Parece-Grogan, M.Ed.
Amy Parece-Grogan is the Behavioral Health Cultural & Linguistic Competence Coordinator for FAST Forward. She was trained by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation Culture InSight as a trainer for Diversity and Cultural Competence in Health Care. Ms. Parece-Grogan has experience in both the public education and social services fields: she was a Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) trainer, and was a teacher in Lawrence, MA and Manchester, NH; she was the Education & Outreach Coordinator for the YWCA Crisis Service in Manchester, NH, where she helped to inform and educate community organizations on issues related to domestic and sexual violence. Ms. Parece-Grogan earned her Master’s in Education and her B.A. in Sociology (with a concentration in Social Work).