The Admissions Team


Welcome to our community.  We appreciate the opportunity to explore the option of Grove School for your student and your family.  This can be a complex and emotional process and we are here to listen and support you.  Please contact us to begin the conversation.


Melissa Iacovacci, LCSW

Admissions Director


PHONE: 203-245-2778 ext. 308

Melissa was born and raised in Connecticut. She attended Central CT State University where she earned a BA in Psychology. Melissa then earned her Masters of Social Work (MSW) at Fordham University’s graduate school of social services where she elected a plan of study with a clinical concentration and  family and children’s specialization. On her way to becoming a Licensed Clinical Social worker (LCSW), she interned at a family and children’s agency where she provided 1:1 support to adolescents and at a local alternative high school where she ran groups and participated in PPT meetings.

In addition to holding an LCSW, Melissa is a certified school social worker for the state of Connecticut. She spent the first seven years of her career working as a school social worker at Cooperative Educational Services in Trumbull, where she worked with adolescents on the ASD spectrum and ED students; in Norwalk Public Schools working with children at various schools; and in the Greenwich school system at their alternative high school. At these schools Melissa’s clinical work focused on supporting students with trauma, ADHD, anxiety and depression.

While working in Norwalk, Melissa began working part time as a therapeutic mentor and parent coach for the Vive Family Support Program. The passion she felt for this work led her to transition to full time work at Vive.  Melissa was the regional manager for Vive in the tri-state area. Eventually she became the National Clinical Director of the program. Building on her experience at Vive, Melissa and a colleague developed a remote services program aimed at filling gaps in treatment for children and adolescents. Newport Healthcare hired Melissa to launch and run this program (Continuing Connections) nationally. As part of her responsibilities at Continuing Connections Melissa served as the Admissions Director, developed and implemented clinical protocols, and supervised the staff. She has been with Continuing Connections until joining Grove.

Melissa’s career has focused on building relationships with adolescents, parents and care providers. She is trained in attachment-based family therapy and holds a certificate in DBT skills training. Melissa’s experience brings to the Admissions Office at Grove a therapist that not only understands Grove and the admissions process, but also understands our students, their parents, and how to help adolescents succeed.

Melissa holds a certificate from the integrative nutrition program, enjoys running, attempting to play tennis, skiing, paddle boarding and the beach. She lives with her husband and daughter. If they are not doing these activities together they are likely at Disney World.

Lisa Kimball, LPC

Admissions Assistant Director
PHONE: 203-245-2778 ext. 331

Lisa grew up in Connecticut and left the state to attend college at the University of Colorado at Boulder and continued onto graduate school at the Boston University School of Medicine. There she obtained her masters degree in Mental Health and Behavioral Medicine and coordinated a study on smoking cessation and exercise. She was trained at Boston Medical Center in the Emergency Department and Pediatric Outpatient Clinic. She returned to Connecticut and began work at the Yale Child Study Center. There she worked with children and families of children who were transitioning out of residential treatment centers back into the home and community. She worked both in the home and in an outpatient setting. She was trained in the IICAPS model (Intensive In-home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services) and underwent several years of supervisory training. She supervised individuals preparing for licensure and supervised and coordinated the IFP (Intensive Family Preservation) Program. She was trained and worked in the MDFT (Multidimensional Family Therapy) program.

In 2009, Lisa moved to California and worked at Stanford University in the Pediatric Bipolar Disorders Program and at the Children’s Health Council in Palo Alto. She returned to her position at Yale in September 2010. Lisa came to the Grove School in February 2013 to work as a therapist. Since joining the Grove community she has enjoyed working with students on a long-term basis, giving her the opportunity to gain insight into the many facets of their life: including their roles as family members, students, friends and individuals.

Lisa is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). She has experience providing treatment and assessment for children and adolescents with disruptive behavior, ADHD, exposure to trauma, attachment issues, depression, anxiety, adjustment difficulties and autism spectrum diagnoses.

Lisa enjoys travel, the arts, hiking and spending time with her husband, two kids and dog.