WORKSHOP PRESENTERS

A tremendous thank you to everyone below for donating their time & knowledge to the 2017 VFAFA Conference!

Lizzy Lyons : DCF case worker
802 585-9820 • lizzy.lyons@vermont.gov

Amanda Rohdenburg : Director of Advocacy, Outright VT
(802) 865-9677 • amanda@outrightvt.org
www.outrightvt.org

Gillie Hopkins : DCF
802-735- 8108 • gillie.hopkins@vermont.gov
Gillie Hopkins is the new Permanency Planning Program Manager for DCF- Family Services and Co-Director of Project Family. She has worked for DCF since 2009 and holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from UVM. She is passionate about kids, especially those who have had contact with the child welfare and juvenile justice system, and her life has been immeasurably enriched by her parents’ choice to be foster and adoptive parents.

Barbara Hash
802-473-6108 • hashes@charter.net
Barb Hash is a graduate of Phoenix University with a BA in Human Services. Barb currently contracts with the State of Vermont in the role of foster parent support in the St. Johnsbury District. Barb is the mother of nine adopted children. She and her husband Tim are licensed foster parents for 30 years. They are often asked to provide trainings for struggling parents in small group settings. As a result of her personal journey, Barb has a deep desire to see foster and adoptive parents receive the training and support necessary to navigate the difficult work they do.

Danielle Puffer
thepuffertribe@icloud.com
Danielle Puffer is 2009 graduate of Union Institute & University with a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health counseling. Danielle currently practices as a drug & alcohol counselor in the St Johnsbury VT area.  Danielle is the mother of five children. Her husband Josh and her have been foster & adoptive parents for nearly five years. She is an active member of her church & is passionate about supporting foster & adoptive families on their journeys.

Barbara Bruno
802-223-0165 • bbruno254@aol.com
Barbara has a BS, M ED with 20 years experience from University Of Alaska, in Administration. 20 years experience: U-32 Special Education, Community Living Program. Development Team member, Relationship and Sex Education for special needs youth in high school and school Apartment Program. 10 years experience: Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, Conducted sex and relationship workshops for staff every summer.

Rich Atkinson
Rich Atkinson has a BA from William and Mary and a BS from University of New Hampshire. St Michael’s College Graduate Work. Institutode CantropanamerIcano Idionas, Costa Rica Spanish and Culture. U-32 High Team member, Relationship and Sex Education for special needs youth in high school.

Chris Smith
802-488-6702 • christophers@howardcenter.org
Chris Smith is a program coordinator within Howard Center’s Comprehensive Care program and had been a TCI trainer for 5 years. Comp Care is Howard Center’s 24 hour care program, serving youth in residential, foster care and other out-of-home placements.

Joan Rock
joan.Rock@vermont.gov
Joan Rock has been a Resource Coordinator for the agency since 1992, first in the Barre office for 19 years and now in the Morrisville office.  Placement and educational stability has been a passion of Joan’s for most of her career.  Joan has served on two Casey Breakthrough Series Collaborative groups, the second focused on educational stability.  Joan also was the Implementation Coordinator for the UVM VT-Futres (Fostering Understanding to Reach Educational Success) grant that focused on creating processes for ensuring educational stability for children in foster care.  Joan served on the latest committee to implement the changes ESSA brings to us.

Wanda Audette
wandaa@lundfamilycenter.org
Wanda began her employment at Lund in 1995. She came to the agency with an Associate’s Degree in Social Work and 14 years experience working as the Assistant Director of Residential Treatment Services at Baird Center for Children and Families in Burlington, VT. As Director of Adoption Services at Lund, Wanda, manages all aspects of the Adoption program including private adoption, home studies, post-adoption, search and reunion services, birth parent education, options counseling and budgets. Wanda and her team provide direct service to children and families throughout Vermont. Wanda is co-director of Project Family, the groundbreaking collaboration between Lund and the State of Vermont’s Department for Children and Families to find homes for older children in foster care founded in 2000.

Anna Berg : Youth Development Program
802-229- 9151 • aberg@wcysb.org
Anna works with teens and young adults throughout VT, creating opportunities that honor their expertise and train them to become advocates, leaders, and engaged members of their communities.

Beth Morelli : Centerpoint Adolescent Treatment Services
802-488-7713 • bethm@centerpointservices.org
Beth Morelli, MA, AAP, RYT is a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Clinician at Centerpoint Adolescent Treatment Services. She provides, individual, group, family and caregiver support with a holistic approach.

Sarah Kulig :  Centerpoint Adolescent Treatment Services
802-488-7717 • sarahk@centerpointservices.org
Sarah Kulig, LCMHC, ATR, AAP, is a registered art therapist working with adolescents and their families at Centerpoint Adolescent Treatment Services. Since graduating from Lesley University, she has honed an approach to art therapy that focuses heavily on developing relational resilience through art-making, curiosity, and mindfulness. In addition to her clinical work, Sarah is also Board Chair of VSA Vermont, the state organization on arts and disability. In all of her work, she seeks to develop ways to use art as a primary tool for building connection, curiosity and community.

Lisa Steckler
Lisa Steckler, LCMHC, LADC. She has been a foster parent in Vermont for 23 years and an adoptive parent for 6 years. She and her partner are currently raising 5 children in Shrewsbury.

Amy Bielawski-Branch : CWTP
802-578- 0426 • amy.bielawski-branch@uvm.edu
Amy is a Training Coordinator with the Vermont Child Welfare Training Partnership. She has worked as a licensed clinical mental health counselor for the past 25 years with foster, kin and adoptive families in a variety of capacities. She is also the foster-adoptive parent of two teenagers.

Janice Sabett :  Family Support Consultant
(802) 876-5315 • Janice.Sabett@vtfn.org
Janice Sabett is a Family Support Consultant with the Vermont Family Network where she works with families of children with special needs to provide information, connections and supports. She is the adoptive mother of three young adults and volunteers with NAMI-VT (The National Alliance on Mental Illness).

Christine Kilpatrick
christine.kilpatrick@vtfn.org
Christine is a Family Support Consultant at Vermont Family Network where she has been supporting families for the last 14 years. Her focus is on helping families of children with special needs learn to effectively navigate the special education system. She is also the mother of two fabulous daughters. Christine’s youngest daughter has a disability and is the reason she feels so passionately committed to her work.

Katherine Boise
katherineb@lundvt.org
Katherine Boise has worked in Vermont’s Child Welfare arena for twenty years in various roles, including Runaway and Homeless Youth Services Washington, DC as a youth advocate, Youth Development Case Manager and State Coordinator, and currently with Lund Adoption Department as Post Permanence Service Provider supporting adoptive families with the post adoption journey. Katherine has her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a Special Studies minor in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Education.

Anna Mumford
Anna Mumford, MSW, has worked at Lund for over three years. She started working in the Residential Treatment Program as a counselor providing parent education and life skill support to pregnant and parenting women and their children. Anna is now a Post Permanence Service Provider at Lund, supporting families after adoption in Chittenden County. These supports include psycho-education, resource options, and trauma specific parenting guidance about the biological relationship, social and emotional impact of adoption and early childhood trauma. Anna is currently in Phase I of the Child Trauma Academy NMT training.

Juliet Davis
Juliet Davis, MSW, has been working with children and families for almost 15 years. Currently, Juliet holds the position of Post Permanence Service Provider with Easter Seals. Juliet has previously worked as a Resource Coordinator with the Vermont Department of Children and Families, Training Coordinator with the Child Welfare Training Partnership, and has experience working in the field of restorative justice as well as with at-risk youth.