MEET OUR TEAM
BETTE ANTONELLIS, L.P.N., CTTS-M
As a co-founder of South Shore Safety, Bette is a dedicated health educator with a passion for teaching all aspects of child safety. With a wealth of knowledge from her experience as a licensed practical nurse and master certified tobacco treatment specialist, she specializes in safety programs for children, as well as helping teens and adults quit all forms of tobacco, including vaping. Her dynamic teaching style focuses on interactive activities, engaging her students, and making the classes fun. Staying current on health and safety research is a priority, so she can keep her classes up-to-date with the latest science. Bette’s favorite thing is spending time with family and friends. Italian cooking is her specialty and she enjoys tending to her garden, taking road trips, and traveling to faraway places.
DENISE VALENTINE LAIOSA, C.S.N.
As a co-founder of South Shore Safety, and owner of South Shore Karate, LLC, Denise has found a way to combine her experience in health care with her love of martial arts. At South Shore Safety, she draws on her twenty years of experience as karate instructor and a sixth-degree black belt to teach personal safety techniques and awareness in our classes in a variety of at schools, medical and corporate settings, recreation centers, shelters, and more. Her volunteer work with homeless and battered women has reinforced her commitment to empowering women and children through teaching assertiveness and the importance of setting boundaries in our everyday encounters. When Denise isn't kicking, punching or teaching, she loves spending quality time with her husband and daughter, taking road trips, treasure hunting in antique shops, hanging out and watching sports, or baking yummy treats for friends and family.
Food Allergy Educator
As a former elementary school teacher and a mom to children with food allergies for more than a decade, Meghan Neri brings a wealth of experience and expertise in food allergy management and safety to the South Shore Safety team. She offers a class that was inspired by a need in the food allergy community to find babysitters and caregivers who understand food allergies. Meghan uses fun and interactive activities to share food allergy facts, the nuances of cross-contact and potential risks, and more. She co-founded South Shore Allergy Families Educating (SAFE), a support group aimed at increasing food allergy awareness and connecting caregivers in the community, and serves as a member of the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) Support Group Leader Council. Meghan also helped her school district to develop district-wide policies and procedures, as well as a food allergy curriculum to complement their K-5 Health curriculum. Between classes, you may find Meghan wading in the ocean or relaxing on the beach with her husband and two children. She loves to go for walks, explore the great outdoors, read a good book, or spend the night at home telling funny stories or enjoying a movie night with her family.
Social Media & Digital Content Manager
Elizabeth is the social media and digital content manager at South Shore Safety. As a native of the South Shore with a passion for building relationships with the families we serve, she strives to find engaging content that will cultivate a stronger and safer community. With our community in mind, she overhauled our website and added features to provide a more user-friendly experience, such as the ability to sign up for classes online or request a private group class. When she's not posting on Facebook or searching for the latest news in child safety, you'll find her baking up tasty treats for her friends and coworkers, jet-setting around the world, or watching (a slightly unhealthy amount of) YouTube videos about home organization.