Please join us for the biennial Michael R. Rion Lecture featuring Nelba Márquez-Greene, founder of The Ana Grace Project. The title of her talk is “Faith in the Firehouse: Walking and Working Among the Beauty and Ashes.”
This endowed lecture is named for Michael R. Rion, a former Seminary president. It honors an individual who embodies a dedication to ministry in daily life and is committed to service to others.
This event is free, but registration is encouraged.
About the Speaker
Nelba Márquez-Greene is a clinical fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and has worked in private practice, community mental health, and academic settings in the U.S. and Canada. Prior to founding The Ana Grace Project, Nelba served as the Coordinator for Klingberg Family Therapy Center’s outpatient child and adolescent psychiatric clinic and was an adjunct faculty member at Central Connecticut State University.
“Love Wins” is the family slogan they adopted after Ana’s senseless murder in 2012 at Sandy Hook School. It is now a movement and is one of increasing relational connections. Nelba maintains an online community of over 100,000 followers and an Ana Grace Project community where people from all over the world learn, share, grow and witness love through grief.
Behind this is the belief that not only does Love Win – it also saves lives. The Ana Grace Project has adopted classrooms in New Britain that focus on social and emotional learning. It has hosted mental health conferences and professional learning opportunities all over the country.
Nelba holds a Bachelor of Music from the Hartt School and a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Joseph College. Nelba was the founding member of the CTAMFT Diversity Committee and has served on the CTAMFT Board of Directors. For her efforts, she has received the 2004 Minority Fellowship Award by the AAMFT, the 2004 Distinguished Professional Service Award, and the 2013 Service to Families Award by the CTAMFT. In 2018, she was selected as one of “100 Women of Color” and as a YWCA Women’s Leadership Award recipient. She is featured in the 2019 release The Book of Gutsy Women by Hillary Rodham and Chelsea Clinton and in People Magazine’s October 2019 issue as one of ten Women Changing the World. Nelba has testified and advocated at the state and federal levels on many different mental health initiatives, hosted TEDx talks, and is a sought-after speaker nationally.