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Nelba Márquez-Greene is the founder of The Ana Grace Project. She founded The Ana Grace Project in 2013 as a response to the school shooting in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, in 2012, which took the life of her daughter, Ana Grace Márquez-Greene. The Ana Grace Project is dedicated to promoting love, community, and connection for every child and family through three lead initiatives: partner schools, professional development, and music and the arts.
Márquez-Greene was a founding member of the Connecticut Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Diversity Committee and has served on their board of directors. Additionally, she has testified and advocated at the state and federal levels for mental health initiatives, hosted TEDx talks, and is a sought-after speaker nationally.
Nelba was featured in the 2019 release of The Book of Gutsy Women by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton and in People magazine’s October 2019 issue as one of ten “Women Changing the World.” In 2018, she was selected as one of the “100 Women of Color” and as a Young Women’s Christian Association Women’s Leadership Award recipient. Márquez-Greene was also the recipient of the Distinguished Professional Service Award in 2004 and the Service to Families Award in 2013 from the Connecticut Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Márquez-Greene graduated from the University of Hartford with a degree in music education. She later received her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Saint Joseph College in 2005. She lives with her husband (Jimmy Greene, ’97) and son in a Connecticut suburb and with Ana Grace in her heart.
Learn more about Nelba by visiting thisgrievinglife.com.
The Summit is a trusted 501(c)(3) nonprofit community counseling organization that has helped individuals, couples, and families experience hope, healing, and restoration since 1990. In fiscal year 2022/23, 30 therapists are projected to provide 22,500+ clinical hours to 2100+ individuals, couples, and families at 5 offices and 31 school-based locations.
The Summit Counseling Center provides professional counseling, psychological services, school-based mental health, and community education services utilizing an integrated approach to care for individuals and families – Body, Mind, Spirit, and Relationships.
The Summit envisions a community where everyone, without exception, will have full access to professional, integrative behavioral healthcare services.
Development of a skilled workforce that delivers and supports the delivery of high-quality, evidence-based clinical services.
A shared vision of values, beliefs, and attitudes that drives engagement, impacts satisfaction, and improves both well-being and performance at work.
Intentional efforts to communicate, collaborate, and provide meaningful feedback, both internally and externally, to accomplish our shared mission.
Demonstration of thoughtful consideration for Summit staff, both at the team and individual level, so that each employee feels seen and heard.
Engaging with our stakeholders (clients, partners, and neighbors) in a way that allows them to feel cared for, valued, and respected.
Mental illness does not discriminate – anyone can be affected, regardless of age, race, religion, or income. The mental health crisis is a global problem for humanity, with major impact on our families locally.
By removing barriers, implementing prevention, and providing assessments and therapy, the Summit is striving to remove the stigma surrounding mental health in our community.