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Earl Greene, MA, CAMS-1/ Fellow
Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant

Earl Greene serves as an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant at Children's Institute. He is also the Senior Minister for the Church of Christ of Newark, NY.  He is the Founder, Director and Professional Training Consultant for the Family Life Center in Newark, NY, and is a Professional Mediator & Arbitrator with the Center for Dispute Settlement. He holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, and is a Nationally Certified Anger Management Specialist through the National Anger Management Association (NAMA). He has Certifications as a Parent Educator and in Mental Health First Aid. As a behavioral therapist, he has worked in youth, family and mental health services, as well as serving on the Anti-Violence and Gang Task Force with the Boston, MA PD & DA’s Office and Rochester, NY PD. He has also served as an alcohol & chemical dependency evaluator, educator and counselor in Monroe, Ontario and Wayne Counties. Workshops and lectures are conducted throughout the United States and Canada for preschools, public & private schools, colleges, universities, religious institutions, community groups, governmental agencies, as well as county & state correctional facilities.

Earl is currently a Community Development Specialist with the Finger Lakes Prevention Resource Center at the National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependency in Rochester; providing training and technical assistance to 19 community and county coalitions in 12 Counties in the Finger Lakes region; addressing crime, violence, underage drinking and drug abuse. He has 40 years of experience in the ministry and has served the Newark congregation for 19 years.


Panelists

Lynn M. Lubecki, Ed.D.
Research Associate

Lynn's experience is primarily with early childhood development and education in both general and special education settings. Lynn began her career as a family child care provider, partnering with families as they raised their children for 12 years. She has teaching experience, has directed large child care and integrated preschool programs, and has supported many early childhood teachers and professionals for almost 25 years. Lynn has two children of her own, and one grandchild. Child development is her passion as the first 3-5 years of a child's development is critical to their success in life.

Linda Murray
Project Coordinator

Linda Murray is a parent of three children, two girls and a boy, ages 12, 15, and 16. She works at Children’s Institute as project coordinator of the Rochester Area Parent Program as well as projects with early childhood assessments. She has over 15 years’ experience as a parent educator which has informed her own parenting in many helpful ways.

Charles J. Infurna, Ed.D.
Research Associate

Dr. Charles J. Infurna is a research associate at Children’s Institute. He has spent his entire professional career in the field of education.  He began his educational career as a classroom teacher at Erie-2 BOCES He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in childhood education from SUNY Fredonia, his Graduate degree focus was on curriculum & development. Dr. Infurna also holds a school building leadership certificate which was awarded from SUNY Fredonia. Most recently, Dr. Infurna graduated from the DEXL Executive Leadership doctorate program at St. John Fisher College. His dissertation focus was on preschool teacher self-efficacy. Dr. Infurna has published peer-reviewed studies dedicated to teacher self-efficacy and measure development as well as co-authoring a book chapter about early childhood teacher quality of life. His research interests include policy implications stemming from preschool student cognitive and social/emotional outcomes, preschool program classroom quality, teacher self-efficacy, how coach-athlete relationships influence athlete performance, and leadership & coaching strategies that impact elite level athlete performance after graduating from college.

Dr. Infurna has also been an assistant track & field coach at SUNY Fredonia and Nazareth College. In his coaching career, Dr. Infurna’s athletes have won national championships, earned All-American status, and won numerous conference championships in the shot-put, discus, hammer, and 35lb. weight throw. Since beginning his USATF sanctioned track & field club, Dr. Infurna’s high school athletes have won national championships in the weight throw and hammer throw events as well as broken numerous age-group and New York State records. Many of the local Western NY athletes he has mentored at the high school level have gone on to earn Division I throwing scholarships, such as Arkon, Dartmouth, and Louisiana State University (LSU). The post-collegiate athletes he coaches have qualified for and competed at the past four USATF Indoor National Track & Field championships.


Contact

For more information, contact corbanek [at] childrensinstitute.net (Caitlin Orbanek), Project Coordinator, Whole Child Connection.