Meressa Naftulin

Meressa is an educator and artist and has enjoyed teaching fine arts, literacy, and English at various institutions, focusing her efforts primarily at the elementary school level. Meressa’s involvement with HFLF began when her son was placed at Cedar Street, one of HFLF’s transitional housing programs. She was so impressed by the level of care and the quality of life at the program that she requested to serve on the board in order to support its mission. Meressa co-chairs the board’s Community Relations Committee and also brings considerable experience, compassion, and understanding of the needs of mentally ill persons and their families to the board.