President of Parasol
Loretta Jay, President of Parasol, has been working on behalf of children and families for over twenty-five years in both the private and public sectors. She received her Bachelor’s degree in social sciences and social work, and she earned an MA in Community Psychology with a focus in program evaluation from the University of New Haven. Loretta’s consulting work has concentrated on designing and evaluating programs in such diverse areas as children with special medical needs, behavioral health, autism, child abuse prevention, parent education, delinquency prevention for teens, System of Care, celiac disease, food allergy, restricted diets and much more. Before founding Parasol in 2001, Loretta Jay worked on the front line and then training and managing protective service staff at the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF). She also held a consultant position for DCF evaluating community programs and implementing quality improvement, developing needs assessments and analyzing regional resources.
Loretta is a member of the Society for Community Research and Action and the American Evaluation Association. Her writing has been published in a variety of domestic and international periodicals targeting both the consumer and healthcare professional. She has held leadership and Board positions in various local, statewide and national organizations.
Talented professionals are partners on Parasol’s team. Recognizing each individual’s particular expertise, partners are identified on a project-specific basis. Disciplines of our contractual staff include Physicians, Psychologists, Masters-level Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Child Welfare Experts, Community Planners and Educators.