We Are HelpOurKids ♥️
Noryn A. Resnick
Founder and Executive Director
Noryn holds dual Master’s degrees in speech and hearing science from Temple University. She practiced for over twenty years as a dually certified and licensed speech-language pathologist and audiologist in a variety of academic, medical, educational, and rehabilitative settings in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Upon relocating to Massachusetts, she has chosen to devote her time to children in foster care, serving as a volunteer foster care case reviewer since 2011. In 2017 Noryn received the Commissioner’s Community Leadership Award from the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. In 2019, Noryn received the Founder’s Day award from the Zonta Club of Springfield and in 2020 the Bridging The Gap award from Parent Villages.
Ryan M. Acton
Ryan is a social scientist who spends his days working for a Washington DC-based health care non-profit organization and his evenings knitting, weaving, and making pretty cocktails. He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine, and completed his undergraduate work at Penn State University. Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, he and his partner live in southwest Florida with their two rescue dogs, Allie and Madison.
Susan Bain Bellak
Susan handles the marketing and public relations efforts for Stakeholders Capital, a financial services firm specializing in sustainable, responsible investing. Her career began in NYC at Random House in the editorial and marketing departments of Fodor’s Travel guides. She then worked at several boutique public relations agencies as well as in-house for major consumer brands. Since moving to Amherst, MA to raise her family, she has put her professional skills to work as a volunteer for a variety of community based non-profits.
Sarah is a therapist in western Massachusetts—a career choice that was inspired in part by her volunteer work with HelpOurKids and the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. She received her master’s degree in clinical social work from Boston University in 2021, and prior to this was working in arts management. She received her master’s degree in music performance from the University of Massachusetts in 2012, and still enjoys performing all types of music with area chamber groups and professional orchestras. She lives with her partner and two rescue dogs in western Massachusetts.
Ann holds an M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University and practiced individual and family therapy in a variety of settings. Upon retirement, she has devoted her time to numerous volunteer organizations. Most recently, Ann was the co-director of the food pantry in Northborough, MA. She has also been a volunteer foster care reviewer for DCF for the past 10 years. She enjoys gardening, hiking and scuba diving.
Dane is a digital marketing analyst and video content creator by day and guitar playing, pedal obsessed, music nut by night. Dane earned his Masters in Public Administration from Clark University in Worcester, MA as well as his undergraduate degree from the same school. A Philly guy at heart and an absolutely dedicated Eagles fan.