Mariposa is a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing social-emotional skills and resilience in children through authentic connection with adults. We inspire and teach adults how to raise children in ways that build connection, resilience and success throughout all communities in ways that include and understand our diverse backgrounds and experiences. Our vision is to transform the way communities raise their children so that all children can reach their full potential.
Anne Townsend, Ph.D. is the President & Chief Academic Officer of Mariposa Child Success Programs.
Interested in the way adult relationships impact children since her youth, Dr. Anne Townsend co-founded Mariposa in 1997. She is the creator of all Mariposa workshops and programs, including an online anti-bullying program for parents and educators in the Baltimore City public school system. Her research, education, and work have proved that adult relationships are the foundation of all other aspects of children’s lives.
Dr. Townsend is a reputed scholar. In addition to presenting at numerous conferences, including the Neuro-Education Initiative World Conference, Dr. Townsend has been a keynote speaker at least seven times. Since 2013, Dr. Townsend has co-taught a three-credit graduate course on social-emotional competence to Loyola University Maryland counselors and educators and served as an adjunct professor in both the university’s departments of psychology and education. Dr. Townsend’s experience working with universities extends back to 1993, when she became involved with the University of Maryland, or UMD. Since that time, Dr. Townsend has been involved in five research projects with UMD.
Prior to her time at Mariposa, Dr. Townsend volunteered at Union Memorial Hospital, where she facilitated the treatment plans of stress management groups. From 1994-1995, she worked at Kennedy Krieger Hospital as a behavioral/clinical assistant in the pediatric neuropsychology unit.
Dr. Townsend received a doctorate in family science from University of Maryland, College Park, in 2006; a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Towson University in 1996; and, bachelor’s degrees in sociology and anthropology from Colgate University in 1991. She is also the proud mother to her college-aged son and teenage daughter.
Jennifer M. “Jenny” Barrett, M. Ed. is the Program Director of Mariposa Child Success Programs.
For more than 10 years, Jenny Barrett has worked at Mariposa Child Success Programs with the vision of creating empathetic learning environments for children. This involves working not only with children, but also parents, teachers and counselors.
In addition to her Mariposa duties, Barrett also serves as the director of First English Lutheran Preschool, or FELP. As director, she integrates social-emotional learning into classrooms, adopting and applying the Mariposa model throughout the school to great success.
Barrett has extensive experience in the education field. Prior to her time at Mariposa, she spent eight years in Howard County as an early childhood special education teacher. During that time, Barrett was also a team leader of a regional early childhood center, which served special needs children in a neighborhood school. Before working in Howard County, Barrett taught at a fully inclusive kindergarten, where she trained new educators, organized parent information sessions and coordinated guest speakers.
Barrett received both her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in special education with a concentration in early childhood from the University of Maryland in 1990 and 1994, respectively. She is also the proud mother to her college-aged children, a son and daughter.