Conference Speakers

All about our speakers….

Reese Palmer, LMFT
Founder/Clinical Director, Palmer Counseling and Consulting

Reese is a licensed clinical psychotherapist, Christian counselor, Keynote Speaker,  entrepreneur, family life specialist, and relationship expert. He helps children, teens, adults, couples and families with many different challenges such as grief, depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship problems, and serious conflict.

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Ronda Thorington, MA, LPC

Ronda has been a clinical therapist for 20 years helping individuals and families navigate various challenges and improve the quality of their lives.  Currently, she has a private practice in Manchester which specializes in children and families.

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Dr. Noel Casiano


Dr. Noel Casiano obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from CCSU. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with the state of Connecticut.

Dr. Casiano also obtained a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology from California Southern University.

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Samantha Stewart


Samantha Stewart is a native of New Haven, CT and a graduate of Southern CT State University. There she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. She has over 6 years of experience working in social services. In her current role as a social worker with the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, she has worked with dozens of children who have experienced child abuse or neglect. 

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