Family Connection is the non-profit family center for the Easton Area School District. In the 1990s, the Department of Public Welfare’s Family Service System Reform (FSSR) initiative was created along with the family center model. The goal of FSSR was to strengthen families and to rethink/redesign the way family programs and services were delivered. It was based on a belief that broader needs of children and families were being missed, as most programs had too narrow or specific missions.

FSSR focused on innovative ways communities could more effectively organize and coordinate resources to achieve results in seven broad outcome areas:

  • Prenatal and Infant Health
  • Healthy Child Development
  • Healthy Youth Development
  • Children Ready for School
  • Children Succeeding in School
  • Safe Families and Communities
  • Stable and Self-sufficient Families

Family Connection was founded in 1998 on the south side of Easton through FSSR and with the help of the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley. Family support services were first offered at Cheston Elementary School to build positive relationships among families, schools, and the community. Over the years we have grown to serve the entire Easton Area School District and its sending area. We officially incorporated as a 501(c)3 organization in 2006.

Our Purpose & Impact

Family centers are places within the community where parents can come to share and receive support. We aim to connect families to resources and engage them in their child’s academic career. We are also in a unique position to operate programs that are extensions of what the school district can provide. These programs aim to start the learning process early, so children are better prepared to enter school with the tools they need for success.  When a family is in need of things like clothing, housing or food, we must find ways to alleviate these concerns before we can expect a child to thrive.

Our services are open to all Easton families and are offered at no cost! Over 1,000 children and their families are served annually through referrals and program services including:

  • Family support and case management to over 480 families;
  • After-school academic support for 140 students;
  • Over 750 bags of food to students in need;
  • 1800 educational home visits for preschool aged children and their families who received hundreds of books, educational toys and activities; and
  • 600 backpacks with readiness activities distributed at kindergarten registration

Just to name a few!

In addition to direct service to families, Family Connection staff are involved in several community initiatives including the United Way’s Early Learning Coalition, the Lehigh Valley Food Policy Council, the West Ward Collective Impact Team, the Easton Hunger Coalition, Project LEAP, and more!

Staff and Board Members

Carolyn Serva
Executive Director
(610) 250-2551 ext. 24075

Nancy Arzoumanian
Associate Director
PCHP Coordinator
(610) 250-2542 ext. 20018

Tiffany L. Theadford
Finance and Administration Coordinator
(610) 250-2551 ext. 24074

Lisa Bedoya
Family Support and Parents Who Care Coordinator
Family Support Specialist, Paxinosa Elementary School
(610) 250-2551 ext. 24240

Darien Huaman
Bilingual Family Support Specialist
(610) 250-2542 ext. 20004

Deb Kelleman
Family Support Specialist
(610) 250-2521 ext. 23405

PCHP Family Literacy Specialists:
Laurie Belote
Rebecca Kaine
Rubenia Magana
Marci Nunez

Becca Middeke-Conlin
Afterschool Program Coordinator
(610) 250-2542 ext. 20023

Maryanne West
Kindergarten Connection Coordinator
(610) 250-2551 ext. 24241

Rebecca Miller
Backpack Pals Coordinator
Administrative Support
millerr@eastonsd.org or backpackpals@eastonsd.org


Family Connection’s Board of Directors

President: Jeffrey Carlton, Self-Employed Consultant
Vice President: Lisa Hand, Northampton County Children Youth & Families
Treasurer: Richard Siegfried, Community Volunteer
Secretary: Keela Irvin, Victaulic Corporation

Sharon Ashton, Chubb Insurance
Deb Bohr, Northampton Community College
Candice Boyer, Easton Area Middle School
Janelle Howey, Northampton Community College
Karen Kelly, Crayola
Tracy Piazza, Easton Area School District
Amy Rader, Paxinosa Elementary School
Danielle Ringhoff, Northampton Community College
Karley Biggs Sebia, King, Spry, Herman, Freund, & Faul, LLC
Nora Walters, Jeannie Kreeger State Farm Insurance

If you are interested in serving on our board of directors, please contact our Executive Director, Carolyn Serva, at (610) 250-2551 ext. 24075  or servac@eastonsd.org.