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The HMG VT Team

HMG VT ORGANIZING ENTITY

  • Janet Kilburn, LICSW

    HMG VT Coordinator & Act Early Ambassador

    Vermont Department of Health

    janet.kilburn@vermont.gov

    Janet is the Child Development Coordinator for Maternal and Child Health at the Vermont Department of Health. Janet received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Principia College and her Masters in Social Work degree from the University of Vermont. Since getting her social work degree, Janet has worked with children and families in a clinical capacity in a wide variety of settings – including a community mental health center, a mood and anxiety disorder hospital outpatient clinic, and as a Title V Children with Special Health Needs Program medical social worker (working in the Child Development Clinic and on Part C Early Intervention teams). For several years, Janet has been an Ambassador for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” Program, a role which has led to partnership building across health, mental health, family support, and early care and education systems for early identification and timely diagnosis of developmental concerns in young children. Janet is currently part of a cross-system state effort working on developmental promotion, developmental screening, and service linkage via Vermont’s Help Me Grow system. She works to improve Vermont’s cultural competence in early screening and assessment and is active on Vermont’s Act Early State Team. She is an instructor for Vermont Northern Lights, a professional development and career center for early childhood professionals.

     

  • Breena Holmes, MD

    Director of Maternal & Child Health

    Vermont Department of Health

    breena.holmes@vermont.gov

     

    Breena is the Director of Maternal and Child Health for Vermont. After finishing her pediatric residency at Seattle Children’s Hospital and a chief resident year at University of Massachusetts Medical School, she had a rural private practice in Middlebury, Vermont, focusing on adolescent health from 1997-2008. In 2008, Breena left her clinical practice to teach Health Literacy and Decision Making at Middlebury Union High School. In 2010, Breena became director of the Maternal and Child Health division which includes the statewide WIC program, School Health, Child Development Clinic, Children with Special Health Needs as well as Family Planning, Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention, Injury Prevention and Early Childhood systems work including federally funded Nurse Family Partnership for home visiting of first time pregnant moms, developmental screening and health/safety in early care and education programs through Early Learning Challenge-Race to the Top funding and LAUNCH grant. The Maternal and Child Health Division is part of Integrating Family Services as well as several other public health programs which focus on children and families. Dr. Holmes is the chair of the Council on School Health for the American Academy of Pediatrics, on the pediatric faculty at University of Vermont College of Medicine and a school physician for several Middlebury area schools.

  • Lauren Smith, LCMHC

    Universal Developmental Screening Registry Manager

    Vermont Department of Health

    lauren.smith@vermont.gov

     

    Lauren is currently the Universal Developmental Screening Registry Manager at the Vermont Department of Health.  In this role, Lauren will be promoting and providing training on use of the registry, a statewide data collection and communication system for developmental screening results, to health, education and community providers in order to ensure optimal outcomes for all children in Vermont.  Formerly a Project Director for Vermont Child Health Improvement Program of the University of Vermont, Lauren has been implementing Vermont’s System for Universal Developmental Screening through Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health), a SAMHSA funded grant to promote the wellness of young children. Lauren is a certified trainer for the ASQ-3® and ASQ:SE2®, a Specialist II Instructor for Northern Lights Career Development Center of Vermont, the professional development entity for early childhood professionals throughout the state, and a member of the Steering Committee for the Chittenden Regional Building Bright Futures Council. Since joining VCHIP in 2013, Lauren has trained over 200 early childhood professionals on developmental surveillance, developmental screening using the ASQ-3© and/or ASQ:SE©, continuous quality improvement (CQI) strategies and methods to implement screening systems and policies, best practices related to early and periodic developmental screening using a standardized tool, partnering with families, and culturally competency to support early identification of developmental concerns and/or delays and ensure timely referrals and appropriate follow up. Lauren holds a B.A. in Biology from the University of Vermont and a M.S. in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Health Psychology.

HMG VT CHILD HEALTH

PROVIDER OUTREACH TEAM

  • Laura Bernard, MPH

    Project Director, Vermont CHILD Grant

    Department of Mental Health

    laura.bernard@vermont.gov

    Laura is the Project Director of the Vermont CHILD Grant at the Department of Mental Health. After finishing her public health degree at Tulane University, Laura worked as a consultant in Washington, DC providing technical support in the design and implementation of research protocols for clients with a focus on the determinants of disease and mitigating adverse health outcomes. After moving back to her home state of Vermont, Laura joined the Maternal and Child Health Division in 2013 where she implemented the Project LAUNCH grant, supervises coordination of Vermont’s Help Me Grow and Child Care Wellness Consulting efforts and collaborates on evidence based home visiting and developmental screening initiatives. Laura is a member of the Chittenden Regional Building Bright Futures Council, the Building Bright Futures Data and Evaluation Committee, and the Child Youth and Family Trauma Workgroup.

     

  • Barb Frankowski, MD, MPH, FAAP

    HMG VT Physician Champion

    Vermont Child Health Improvement Program

    barbara.frankowski@med.uvm.edu

    Barb is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital. She earned an M.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Rochester. Her dedication to pediatric medicine is reflected in her clinical appointments to the University of Vermont Children's Hospital and Pediatrics and the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont. Among her many awards and honors are one from the American Academy of Pediatrics Milton Senn Award for Leadership in School Health, the Vermont Medical Society Community Physician Award and the American Lung Association Recognition Award.

     

HMG VT DATA COLLECTION & ANALYSIS TEAM

  • Wendy Davis, MD, FAAP

    HMG VT Physician Champion

    Vermont Child Health Improvement Program

    wendy.davis@med.uvm.edu

    Wendy is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at The University of Vermont Medical College. She is a founding member of VCHIP, where she planned, participated in and served as improvement faculty for multiple quality improvement projects. She also convened and facilitated a successful partnership with diverse partners including the Vermont Chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American College of Physicians and community-based child-serving agencies to reduce barriers to and improve the quality of health care for Medicaid-eligible children and to achieve the objectives of the Healthy Vermonters 2020 Plan and Vermont’s MCH Strategic Plan. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Brown University, and a M.D. from the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

     

  • Julianne Krulewitz, PhD

    Program Evaluator

    Vermont Child Health Improvement Program

    julianne.krulewitz@med.uvm.edu

     

    Julianne  has been an evaluator at the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP) at the University of Vermont’s Robert Larner College of Medicine since 2007.  She evaluates the implementation of the Help Me Grow Vermont System.  This evaluation tracks system progress and identifies system strengths and opportunities for growth and development using quantitative and qualitative methods.  Dr. Krulewitz also leads a team that has evaluated and now provides continuous quality improvement support to the Blueprint for Health, a state-led, nationally recognized initiative transforming the way primary care and comprehensive health services are delivered and paid for.  In addition, she supports the evaluation of VCHIP’s Pediatric Care Coordination Collaboration, a HRSA MCHB project focused on improving care coordination for children and youth with special health care needs.  She has a BA in psychology from Middlebury College and a MA and PhD, both in General/Experimental Psychology, from the University of Vermont.

HMG VT CENTRAL PHONE ACCESS POINT TEAM

  • Elizabeth Gilman, BA, CIRS

    HMG VT Child Development Specialist

    Vermont 2-1-1

    elizabeth@unitedwaysvt.org

     

    Elizabeth has 22 years experience providing direct service and case management to families and individuals with mental health and substance abuse issues and high socio-economic needs. Experience from her case management roles include providing street outreach to individuals and families experiencing homelessness, advocacy for them within the social service system for needs such as housing, benefits and substance abuse treatment and helping the most vulnerable navigate medical and mental health care. Elizabeth’s role as a medical assistant for a homeless healthcare program required training and the opportunity to provide vaccine clinics in the community to high-risk adults. For her work in substance abuse, she was certified in HIV and HCV testing and counseling through the Vermont Department of Health. As a Child Development Specialist at Help Me Grow Vermont, Elizabeth can answer parent and caregiver questions about children’s behavior and development, identify children that are at risk and connect their families and caregivers to resources and services in their community, as well as provide service providers linkage to community resources and supports. Elizabeth has a BA in psychology and is a Certified Information and Referral Specialist (CIRS) through the national AIRS organization.

  • Katie Girard, BSW

    HMG VT Child Development Specialist

    Vermont 2-1-1

    katie@unitedwaysvt.org

     

    Katie is a native New Yorker and holds a Bachelor’s of Social Work from the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh and is pursuing her Master’s of Social Work with a concentration in Healthcare. Katie is a certified Family Support Worker, a trained participant for the Office of Children and Family Services; School- Aged Child Care and Early Childhood and Education Program and a NYS Supportive Counselor for domestic abuse through STOP Domestic Violence.  Before joining Help Me Grow VT, Katie worked as a Site Supervisor with school-aged children K-5 at Cumberland Head Elementary School in Cumberland Head, New York. In this role, Katie promoted positive development and safety for each child. Working for Behavioral Health Services North (BHSN), Katie worked as a Certified Family Support Worker for Healthy Families Clinton/Early Advantages program and as a Child Care Manager for the Children’s Care Management program in BHSN’s Children’s Clinic. At BHSN, Katie provided home visitation services, support services, enhanced the parent-child relationship using clinical tools to assess disruptive behaviors and parent-child interactions, provided skill building services to clients seeking social and psychological skills and worked with the Home and Community-Based Services Waiver program and the Intensive Case Management service.  Katie also brings her advocacy and supportive counseling skills to Help Me Grow VT from her experience working as a Supportive Counselor for STOP Domestic Violence Clinton County’s hotline service.

HMG VT FAMILY & COMMUNITY OUTREACH TEAM

  • Steve Ames

    Lamoille Valley & Central Vermont

    Regional Coordinator Building Bright Futures

    sames@buildingbrightfutures.org

    Before joining Building Bright Futures, Steve worked to establish River Arts, a non-profit arts organization, in Morrisville as a vibrant part of the community in the Lamoille Valley. Ames has worked for many years at the Stowe Mountain Resort as a ski instructor. In addition, he serves on the boards of the Morristown Alliance for Culture and Commerce, the Community Engagement Lab, and the Speaker's Bureau for Let's Grow Kids. Ames has a Bachelor’s of Art in Asian Studies/Anthropology from Williams College and attended Phillips Exeter Academy. He is also a graduate of the Vermont Leadership Institute, Snelling Center for Government. Presently Ames is part of two national learning labs to provide a rural perspective into early childhood systems building through the Center for the Study of Social Policy and the National League of Cities. Ames is a parent of three children.

  • Amanda Biggs

    Chittenden Regional Coordinator

    Building Bright Futures

    abiggs@buildingbrightfutures.org

    Amanda is drawn to purposeful work that provides exciting opportunities to develop and maintain strong collaboration across community organizations and key partners in her community. Her career was established in the health care sector, where and she spent 14 years as a health care advocate and project manager focused on implementing programs that supported under-served populations of Vermont. An educator by nature, Amanda aspires to better serve children and families by utilizing her strong communication skills to help bridge systems and strengthen engagement of all stakeholders. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Johnson State College and is excited to circle back to her educator roots in her role as Chittenden Regional Coordinator. In addition to her work at BBF, Amanda also teaches dance to children and visits local mountains to snowboard as often as she can during the long Vermont winters. She resides in Underhill with her husband and two daughters.

     

  • Dora Levinson

    Southeast Regional Coordinator

    Building Bright Futures

    dlevinson@buildingbrightfutures.org

     

    Dora has worked both domestically and internationally to monitor and evaluate public health programs, from assessing barriers of health in Brattleboro to evaluating a Trachoma eradication program in Kenya. She spent several years working in the slums of Kolkata, India to improve maternal and child health outcomes through community based health service delivery and engagement.

     

    More recently, Dora has worked in child care and health care settings in Brattleboro and has become actively involved with the community as a foster parent. She has a Masters in Public Health from Tufts University where she concentrated in epidemiology and biostatistics.

     

    Dora has seen the power of shared purpose and collaboration from a young age. She grew up in an intentional social justice community and has continued to look for ways to make sure all voices are heard. Dora believes strongly in monitoring programs and the power of data at the local level to improve services and outcomes through better understanding and accountability.

     

    Dora will be responsible for Building Bright Futures Southeast region.

  • Margaret Maley

    Franklin/Grand Isle Regional Coordinator

    Building Bright Futures

    mmaley@buildingbrightfutures.org

     

    Before recently becoming the Franklin Grand Isle BBF regional coordinator, Margaret has been working at Northwestern Counseling and Support Services, a private non-profit human services agency in St. Albans. Most recently, Margaret has worked as the Children’s Integrated Services Coordinator and the coordinator of the Parent Child Center. In addition to her role at BBF, Margaret currently serves as the Early Childhood Resource Team Leader at NCSS. Margaret received her BA in Psychology from Keene State College in New Hampshire, and is currently enrolled at the University of Vermont, pursuing her Masters in the Clinical Mental Health Program. Throughout her time working in the nonprofit world, Margaret has developed a leadership style that supports advocacy, community collaboration, prevention focused initiatives and civic engagement. Margaret is currently enrolled in the 2017 Early Childhood Leadership Institute through the Snelling Center for government with an anticipated graduation date of October 2017. Margaret is a native Vermonter who currently resides in St. Albans with her fiancé.

     

  • Dawn Powers

    Caledonia, Southern Essex, Orleans & Northern Essex

    Regional Coordinator Building Bright Futures

    dpowers@buildingbrightfutures.org

    Dawn has fifteen years’ experience in the early childhood field in Vermont. She has worked as a child care provider, a respite provider for a child with special needs, an Even Start specialist, and the Northeast Kingdom Migrant Education Program supervisor and teacher. She currently serves as the Coordinator for Building Bright Futures and Children’s Integrated Services in the Caledonia/Southern Essex region. She believes in developing supportive communities and programs that foster healthy families and empower families living in poverty who want to make a change. Her passion is to work with young children and promote learning through play. Powers holds a Master’s Degree in Human Services with a concentration in Community Counseling Psychology from Springfield College in St. Johnsbury, VT and an Associate Degree in Early Childhood. When not working, Powers enjoys spending time with her children, grandchildren, and foster children.

     

  • Darla Senecal

    Addison & Rutland Regional Coordinator

    Building Bright Futures

    dsenecal@buildingbrightfutures.org

    Darla comes to Building Bright Futures from Bristol, Vermont where she worked for 17 years in the Recreation Department and was the Director for 10 of those years. During her time there she oversaw the building of the new fully accessible playground, hosted 15 Harvest Festivals, a dozen Halloween parties, 20 Breakfasts with Santa, coordinated numerous summer camps, workshops, and classes, and assisted with upgraded acoustics in the Town Hall.

     

    The community-building nature of that job gave her a unique connection to many people in the area. She is a fourth generation Vermonter and attended Johnson State College. She also worked as a cheer coach for 10 years and ran a private daycare in her home at one time. Darla has 3 adult sons, 2 grandsons, and a black Lab named Lola.

     

    Darla will be responsible for Building Bright Futures' Addison and Rutland regions.

  • Robin Stromgren

    Bennington Regional Coordinator

    Building Bright Futures

    rstromgren@buildingbrightfutures.org

    A resident of Vermont for the last 18 years, Robin has consistently worked on community collaboration initiatives. Prior to working full-time for BBF, she was one of the 12 regional partnership coordinators that looked to develop local solutions for local issues which focused on the needs of the entire population. For the last 10 years, Robin has worked with the BBF Regional Council sharing her duties part-time while working as the CIS Coordinator for the Bennington region. Prior to coming to Vermont, she taught school and worked as an early interventionist. She also worked as a computer programmer and analyst. She has a Bachelor’s degree and received her certification as an elementary school teacher. She formerly served on the BBF State Advisory Council.

     

  • Ellen Taetzsch

    Springfield Area Northern Windsor &

    Orange Regional Coordinator, Building Bright Futures

    etaetzsch@buildingbrightfutures.org

     

    Ellen, a native of New Hampshire, comes to BBF by way of Africa where she recently served as the Health Program Associate at the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project as a Global Health Corps Fellow. Prior to that, she taught pre-school in New Hampshire providing education and support to students and teachers after completing another stint in Zambia as a Peace Corps volunteer working on maternal and child health programs as a Community Health Advisor. Taetzsch received her Master’s in Public Health he spent a year abroad in She resides in Bellows Falls, VT.

     

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  • Janet Kilburn, LICSW

    HMG VT Coordinator &

    Act Early Ambassador

    Vermont Department of Health

    janet.kilburn@vermont.gov

    Janet is the Child Development Coordinator for Maternal and Child Health at the Vermont Department of Health. Janet received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Principia College and her Masters in Social Work degree from the University of Vermont. Since getting her social work degree, Janet has worked with children and families in a clinical capacity in a wide variety of settings – including a community mental health center, a mood and anxiety disorder hospital outpatient clinic, and as a Title V Children with Special Health Needs Program medical social worker (working in the Child Development Clinic and on Part C Early Intervention teams). For several years, Janet has been an Ambassador for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” Program, a role which has led to partnership building across health, mental health, family support, and early care and education systems for early identification and timely diagnosis of developmental concerns in young children. Janet is currently part of a cross-system state effort working on developmental promotion, developmental screening, and service linkage via Vermont’s Help Me Grow system. She works to improve Vermont’s cultural competence in early screening and assessment and is active on Vermont’s Act Early State Team. She is an instructor for Vermont Northern Lights, a professional development and career center for early childhood professionals.

     

  • Breena Holmes, MD

    Director of Maternal & Child Health

    Vermont Department of Health

    breena.holmes@vermont.gov

     

    Breena is the Director of Maternal and Child Health for Vermont. After finishing her pediatric residency at Seattle Children’s Hospital and a chief resident year at University of Massachusetts Medical School, she had a rural private practice in Middlebury, Vermont, focusing on adolescent health from 1997-2008. In 2008, Breena left her clinical practice to teach Health Literacy and Decision Making at Middlebury Union High School. In 2010, Breena became director of the Maternal and Child Health division which includes the statewide WIC program, School Health, Child Development Clinic, Children with Special Health Needs as well as Family Planning, Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention, Injury Prevention and Early Childhood systems work including federally funded Nurse Family Partnership for home visiting of first time pregnant moms, developmental screening and health/safety in early care and education programs through Early Learning Challenge-Race to the Top funding and LAUNCH grant. The Maternal and Child Health Division is part of Integrating Family Services as well as several other public health programs which focus on children and families. Dr. Holmes is the chair of the Council on School Health for the American Academy of Pediatrics, on the pediatric faculty at University of Vermont College of Medicine and a school physician for several Middlebury area schools.

     

  • Lauren Smith, LCMHC

    Project Director & Quality Improvement Coach

    Vermont Child Health Improvement Program

    lauren.smith@vermont.gov

     

    Lauren is currently the Universal Developmental Screening Registry Manager at the Vermont Department of Health.  In this role, Lauren will be promoting and providing training on use of the registry, a statewide data collection and communication system for developmental screening results, to health, education and community providers in order to ensure optimal outcomes for all children in Vermont.  Formerly a Project Director for Vermont Child Health Improvement Program of the University of Vermont, Lauren has been implementing Vermont’s System for Universal Developmental Screening through Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health), a SAMHSA funded grant to promote the wellness of young children. Lauren is a certified trainer for the ASQ-3® and ASQ:SE2®, a Specialist II Instructor for Northern Lights Career Development Center of Vermont, the professional development entity for early childhood professionals throughout the state, and a member of the Steering Committee for the Chittenden Regional Building Bright Futures Council. Since joining VCHIP in 2013, Lauren has trained over 200 early childhood professionals on developmental surveillance, developmental screening using the ASQ-3© and/or ASQ:SE©, continuous quality improvement (CQI) strategies and methods to implement screening systems and policies, best practices related to early and periodic developmental screening using a standardized tool, partnering with families, and culturally competency to support early identification of developmental concerns and/or delays and ensure timely referrals and appropriate follow up. Lauren holds a B.A. in Biology from the University of Vermont and a M.S. in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Health Psychology.

  • Laura Bernard, MPH

    Project Director, Vermont CHILD Grant

    Department of Mental Health

    laura.bernard@vermont.gov

     

    Laura is the Project Director of the Vermont CHILD Grant at the Department of Mental Health. After finishing her public health degree at Tulane University, Laura worked as a consultant in Washington, DC providing technical support in the design and implementation of research protocols for clients with a focus on the determinants of disease and mitigating adverse health outcomes. After moving back to her home state of Vermont, Laura joined the Maternal and Child Health Division in 2013 where she implemented the Project LAUNCH grant, supervises coordination of Vermont’s Help Me Grow and Child Care Wellness Consulting efforts and collaborates on evidence based home visiting and developmental screening initiatives. Laura is a member of the Chittenden Regional Building Bright Futures Council, the Building Bright Futures Data and Evaluation Committee, and the Child Youth and Family Trauma Workgroup.

     

  • Barb Frankowski, MD, MPH, FAAP

    HMG VT Physician Champion

    Vermont Child Health Improvement Program

    barbara.frankowski@med.uvm.edu

    Barb is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital. She earned an M.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Rochester. Her dedication to pediatric medicine is reflected in her clinical appointments to the University of Vermont Children's Hospital and Pediatrics and the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont. Among her many awards and honors are one from the American Academy of Pediatrics Milton Senn Award for Leadership in School Health, the Vermont Medical Society Community Physician Award and the American Lung Association Recognition Award.

     

  • Wendy Davis, MD, FAAP

    HMG VT Physician Champion

    Vermont Child Health Improvement Program

    wendy.davis@med.uvm.edu

    Wendy is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at The University of Vermont Medical College. She is a founding member of VCHIP, where she planned, participated in and served as improvement faculty for multiple quality improvement projects. She also convened and facilitated a successful partnership with diverse partners including the Vermont Chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American College of Physicians and community-based child-serving agencies to reduce barriers to and improve the quality of health care for Medicaid-eligible children and to achieve the objectives of the Healthy Vermonters 2020 Plan and Vermont’s MCH Strategic Plan. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Brown University, and a M.D. from the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

     

  • Julianne Krulewitz, PhD

    Program Evaluator

    Vermont Child Health Improvement Program

    julianne.krulewitz@med.uvm.edu

     

    Julianne  has been an evaluator at the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP) at the University of Vermont’s Robert Larner College of Medicine since 2007.  She evaluates the implementation of the Help Me Grow Vermont System.  This evaluation tracks system progress and identifies system strengths and opportunities for growth and development using quantitative and qualitative methods.  Dr. Krulewitz also leads a team that has evaluated and now provides continuous quality improvement support to the Blueprint for Health, a state-led, nationally recognized initiative transforming the way primary care and comprehensive health services are delivered and paid for.  In addition, she supports the evaluation of VCHIP’s Pediatric Care Coordination Collaboration, a HRSA MCHB project focused on improving care coordination for children and youth with special health care needs.  She has a BA in psychology from Middlebury College and a MA and PhD, both in General/Experimental Psychology, from the University of Vermont.

  • Elizabeth Gilman, BA, CIRS

    HMG VT Child Development Specialist

    Vermont 2-1-1

    elizabeth@unitedwaysvt.org

    Elizabeth has 22 years experience providing direct service and case management to families and individuals with mental health and substance abuse issues and high socio-economic needs. Experience from her case management roles include providing street outreach to individuals and families experiencing homelessness, advocacy for them within the social service system for needs such as housing, benefits and substance abuse treatment and helping the most vulnerable navigate medical and mental health care. Elizabeth’s role as a medical assistant for a homeless healthcare program required training and the opportunity to provide vaccine clinics in the community to high-risk adults. For her work in substance abuse, she was certified in HIV and HCV testing and counseling through the Vermont Department of Health. As a Child Development Specialist at Help Me Grow Vermont, Elizabeth can answer parent and caregiver questions about children’s behavior and development, identify children that are at risk and connect their families and caregivers to resources and services in their community, as well as provide service providers linkage to community resources and supports. Elizabeth has a BA in psychology and is a Certified Information and Referral Specialist (CIRS) through the national AIRS organization.

  • Katie Girard, BSW

    HMG VT Child Development Specialist

    Vermont 2-1-1

    katie@unitedwaysvt.org

     

    Katie is a native New Yorker and holds a Bachelor’s of Social Work from the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh and is pursuing her Master’s of Social Work with a concentration in Healthcare. Katie is a certified Family Support Worker, a trained participant for the Office of Children and Family Services; School- Aged Child Care and Early Childhood and Education Program and a NYS Supportive Counselor for domestic abuse through STOP Domestic Violence.  Before joining Help Me Grow VT, Katie worked as a Site Supervisor with school-aged children K-5 at Cumberland Head Elementary School in Cumberland Head, New York. In this role, Katie promoted positive development and safety for each child. Working for Behavioral Health Services North (BHSN), Katie worked as a Certified Family Support Worker for Healthy Families Clinton/Early Advantages program and as a Child Care Manager for the Children’s Care Management program in BHSN’s Children’s Clinic. At BHSN, Katie provided home visitation services, support services, enhanced the parent-child relationship using clinical tools to assess disruptive behaviors and parent-child interactions, provided skill building services to clients seeking social and psychological skills and worked with the Home and Community-Based Services Waiver program and the Intensive Case Management service.  Katie also brings her advocacy and supportive counseling skills to Help Me Grow VT from her experience working as a Supportive Counselor for STOP Domestic Violence Clinton County’s hotline service.

  • Steve Ames

    Lamoille Valley & Central Vermont

    Regional Coordinator Building Bright Futures

    sames@buildingbrightfutures.org

    Before joining Building Bright Futures, Steve worked to establish River Arts, a non-profit arts organization, in Morrisville as a vibrant part of the community in the Lamoille Valley. Ames has worked for many years at the Stowe Mountain Resort as a ski instructor. In addition, he serves on the boards of the Morristown Alliance for Culture and Commerce, the Community Engagement Lab, and the Speaker's Bureau for Let's Grow Kids. Ames has a Bachelor’s of Art in Asian Studies/Anthropology from Williams College and attended Phillips Exeter Academy. He is also a graduate of the Vermont Leadership Institute, Snelling Center for Government. Presently Ames is part of two national learning labs to provide a rural perspective into early childhood systems building through the Center for the Study of Social Policy and the National League of Cities. Ames is a parent of three children.

  • Amanda Biggs

    Chittenden Regional Coordinator

    Building Bright Futures

    abiggs@buildingbrightfutures.org

    Amanda is drawn to purposeful work that provides exciting opportunities to develop and maintain strong collaboration across community organizations and key partners in her community. Her career was established in the health care sector, where and she spent 14 years as a health care advocate and project manager focused on implementing programs that supported under-served populations of Vermont. An educator by nature, Amanda aspires to better serve children and families by utilizing her strong communication skills to help bridge systems and strengthen engagement of all stakeholders. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Johnson State College and is excited to circle back to her educator roots in her role as Chittenden Regional Coordinator. In addition to her work at BBF, Amanda also teaches dance to children and visits local mountains to snowboard as often as she can during the long Vermont winters. She resides in Underhill with her husband and two daughters.

     

  • Dora Levinson

    Southeast Regional Coordinator

    Building Bright Futures

    dlevinson@buildingbrightfutures.org

    Dora has worked both domestically and internationally to monitor and evaluate public health programs, from assessing barriers of health in Brattleboro to evaluating a Trachoma eradication program in Kenya. She spent several years working in the slums of Kolkata, India to improve maternal and child health outcomes through community based health service delivery and engagement.

     

    More recently, Dora has worked in child care and health care settings in Brattleboro and has become actively involved with the community as a foster parent. She has a Masters in Public Health from Tufts University where she concentrated in epidemiology and biostatistics.

     

    Dora has seen the power of shared purpose and collaboration from a young age. She grew up in an intentional social justice community and has continued to look for ways to make sure all voices are heard. Dora believes strongly in monitoring programs and the power of data at the local level to improve services and outcomes through better understanding and accountability.

     

    Dora will be responsible for Building Bright Futures Southeast region.

  • Margaret Maley

    Franklin/Grand Isle Regional Coordinator

    Building Bright Futures

    mmaley@buildingbrightfutures.org

    Before recently becoming the Franklin Grand Isle BBF regional coordinator, Margaret has been working at Northwestern Counseling and Support Services, a private non-profit human services agency in St. Albans. Most recently, Margaret has worked as the Children’s Integrated Services Coordinator and the coordinator of the Parent Child Center. In addition to her role at BBF, Margaret currently serves as the Early Childhood Resource Team Leader at NCSS. Margaret received her BA in Psychology from Keene State College in New Hampshire, and is currently enrolled at the University of Vermont, pursuing her Masters in the Clinical Mental Health Program. Throughout her time working in the nonprofit world, Margaret has developed a leadership style that supports advocacy, community collaboration, prevention focused initiatives and civic engagement. Margaret is currently enrolled in the 2017 Early Childhood Leadership Institute through the Snelling Center for government with an anticipated graduation date of October 2017. Margaret is a native Vermonter who currently resides in St. Albans with her fiancé.

     

  • Dawn Powers

    Caledonia & Southern Essex

    Regional Coordinator Building Bright Futures

    dpowers@buildingbrightfutures.org

    Dawn has fifteen years’ experience in the early childhood field in Vermont. She has worked as a child care provider, a respite provider for a child with special needs, an Even Start specialist, and the Northeast Kingdom Migrant Education Program supervisor and teacher. She currently serves as the Coordinator for Building Bright Futures and Children’s Integrated Services in the Caledonia/Southern Essex region. She believes in developing supportive communities and programs that foster healthy families and empower families living in poverty who want to make a change. Her passion is to work with young children and promote learning through play. Powers holds a Master’s Degree in Human Services with a concentration in Community Counseling Psychology from Springfield College in St. Johnsbury, VT and an Associate Degree in Early Childhood. When not working, Powers enjoys spending time with her children, grandchildren, and foster children.

     

  • Darla Senecal

    Addison & Rutland Regional Coordinator

    Building Bright Futures

    dsenecal@buildingbrightfutures.org

     

    Darla comes to Building Bright Futures from Bristol, Vermont where she worked for 17 years in the Recreation Department and was the Director for 10 of those years. During her time there she oversaw the building of the new fully accessible playground, hosted 15 Harvest Festivals, a dozen Halloween parties, 20 Breakfasts with Santa, coordinated numerous summer camps, workshops, and classes, and assisted with upgraded acoustics in the Town Hall.

     

    The community-building nature of that job gave her a unique connection to many people in the area. She is a fourth generation Vermonter and attended Johnson State College. She also worked as a cheer coach for 10 years and ran a private daycare in her home at one time. Darla has 3 adult sons, 2 grandsons, and a black Lab named Lola.

     

    Darla will be responsible for Building Bright Futures' Addison and Rutland regions.

  • Robin Stromgren

    Bennington Regional Coordinator

    Building Bright Futures

    rstromgren@buildingbrightfutures.org

    A resident of Vermont for the last 18 years, Robin has consistently worked on community collaboration initiatives. Prior to working full-time for BBF, she was one of the 12 regional partnership coordinators that looked to develop local solutions for local issues which focused on the needs of the entire population. For the last 10 years, Robin has worked with the BBF Regional Council sharing her duties part-time while working as the CIS Coordinator for the Bennington region. Prior to coming to Vermont, she taught school and worked as an early interventionist. She also worked as a computer programmer and analyst. She has a Bachelor’s degree and received her certification as an elementary school teacher. She formerly served on the BBF State Advisory Council.

     

  • Ellen Taetzsch

    Springfield Area, Northern Windsor & Orange

    Regional Coordinator, Building Bright Futures

    etaetzsch@buildingbrightfutures.org

    Ellen, a native of New Hampshire, comes to BBF by way of Africa where she recently served as the Health Program Associate at the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project as a Global Health Corps Fellow. Prior to that, she taught pre-school in New Hampshire providing education and support to students and teachers after completing another stint in Zambia as a Peace Corps volunteer working on maternal and child health programs as a Community Health Advisor. Taetzsch received her Master’s in Public Health he spent a year abroad in She resides in Bellows Falls, VT.

     

HMG VT ORGANIZING ENTITY

  • Janet Kilburn, LICSW

    HMG VT Coordinator &

    Act Early Ambassador

    Vermont Department of Health

    janet.kilburn@vermont.gov

    Janet is the Child Development Coordinator for Maternal and Child Health at the Vermont Department of Health. Janet received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Principia College and her Masters in Social Work degree from the University of Vermont. Since getting her social work degree, Janet has worked with children and families in a clinical capacity in a wide variety of settings – including a community mental health center, a mood and anxiety disorder hospital outpatient clinic, and as a Title V Children with Special Health Needs Program medical social worker (working in the Child Development Clinic and on Part C Early Intervention teams). For several years, Janet has been an Ambassador for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” Program, a role which has led to partnership building across health, mental health, family support, and early care and education systems for early identification and timely diagnosis of developmental concerns in young children. Janet is currently part of a cross-system state effort working on developmental promotion, developmental screening, and service linkage via Vermont’s Help Me Grow system. She works to improve Vermont’s cultural competence in early screening and assessment and is active on Vermont’s Act Early State Team. She is an instructor for Vermont Northern Lights, a professional development and career center for early childhood professionals.

     

  • Breena Holmes, MD

    Director of Maternal & Child Health

    Vermont Department of Health

    breena.holmes@vermont.gov

     

    Breena is the Director of Maternal and Child Health for Vermont. After finishing her pediatric residency at Seattle Children’s Hospital and a chief resident year at University of Massachusetts Medical School, she had a rural private practice in Middlebury, Vermont, focusing on adolescent health from 1997-2008. In 2008, Breena left her clinical practice to teach Health Literacy and Decision Making at Middlebury Union High School. In 2010, Breena became director of the Maternal and Child Health division which includes the statewide WIC program, School Health, Child Development Clinic, Children with Special Health Needs as well as Family Planning, Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention, Injury Prevention and Early Childhood systems work including federally funded Nurse Family Partnership for home visiting of first time pregnant moms, developmental screening and health/safety in early care and education programs through Early Learning Challenge-Race to the Top funding and LAUNCH grant. The Maternal and Child Health Division is part of Integrating Family Services as well as several other public health programs which focus on children and families. Dr. Holmes is the chair of the Council on School Health for the American Academy of Pediatrics, on the pediatric faculty at University of Vermont College of Medicine and a school physician for several Middlebury area schools.

     

  • Lauren Smith, LCMHC

    Project Director & Quality

    Improvement Coach

    Vermont Child Health

    Improvement Program

    lauren.smith@vermont.gov

     

    Lauren is currently the Universal Developmental Screening Registry Manager at the Vermont Department of Health.  In this role, Lauren will be promoting and providing training on use of the registry, a statewide data collection and communication system for developmental screening results, to health, education and community providers in order to ensure optimal outcomes for all children in Vermont.  Formerly a Project Director for Vermont Child Health Improvement Program of the University of Vermont, Lauren has been implementing Vermont’s System for Universal Developmental Screening through Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health), a SAMHSA funded grant to promote the wellness of young children. Lauren is a certified trainer for the ASQ-3® and ASQ:SE2®, a Specialist II Instructor for Northern Lights Career Development Center of Vermont, the professional development entity for early childhood professionals throughout the state, and a member of the Steering Committee for the Chittenden Regional Building Bright Futures Council. Since joining VCHIP in 2013, Lauren has trained over 200 early childhood professionals on developmental surveillance, developmental screening using the ASQ-3© and/or ASQ:SE©, continuous quality improvement (CQI) strategies and methods to implement screening systems and policies, best practices related to early and periodic developmental screening using a standardized tool, partnering with families, and culturally competency to support early identification of developmental concerns and/or delays and ensure timely referrals and appropriate follow up. Lauren holds a B.A. in Biology from the University of Vermont and a M.S. in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Health Psychology.

HMG VT CHILD HEALTH PROVIDER

OUTREACH TEAM

  • Laura Bernard, MPH

    Project Director, Vermont CHILD Grant

    Department of Mental Health

    laura.bernard@vermont.gov

     

    Laura is the Project Director of the Vermont CHILD Grant at the Department of Mental Health. After finishing her public health degree at Tulane University, Laura worked as a consultant in Washington, DC providing technical support in the design and implementation of research protocols for clients with a focus on the determinants of disease and mitigating adverse health outcomes. After moving back to her home state of Vermont, Laura joined the Maternal and Child Health Division in 2013 where she implemented the Project LAUNCH grant, supervises coordination of Vermont’s Help Me Grow and Child Care Wellness Consulting efforts and collaborates on evidence based home visiting and developmental screening initiatives. Laura is a member of the Chittenden Regional Building Bright Futures Council, the Building Bright Futures Data and Evaluation Committee, and the Child Youth and Family Trauma Workgroup.

     

  • Barb Frankowski, MD, MPH, FAAP

    HMG VT Physician Champion

    Vermont Child Health

    Improvement Program

    barbara.frankowski@med.uvm.edu

    Barb is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital. She earned an M.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Rochester. Her dedication to pediatric medicine is reflected in her clinical appointments to the University of Vermont Children's Hospital and Pediatrics and the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont. Among her many awards and honors are one from the American Academy of Pediatrics Milton Senn Award for Leadership in School Health, the Vermont Medical Society Community Physician Award and the American Lung Association Recognition Award.

     

HMG VT DATA COLLECTION & ANALYSIS TEAM

  • Wendy Davis, MD, FAAP

    HMG VT Physician Champion

    Vermont Child Health

    Improvement Program

    wendy.davis@med.uvm.edu

    Wendy is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at The University of Vermont Medical College. She is a founding member of VCHIP, where she planned, participated in and served as improvement faculty for multiple quality improvement projects. She also convened and facilitated a successful partnership with diverse partners including the Vermont Chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American College of Physicians and community-based child-serving agencies to reduce barriers to and improve the quality of health care for Medicaid-eligible children and to achieve the objectives of the Healthy Vermonters 2020 Plan and Vermont’s MCH Strategic Plan. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Brown University, and a M.D. from the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

     

  • Julianne Krulewitz, PhD

    Program Evaluator

    Vermont Child Health

    Improvement Program

    julianne.krulewitz@med.uvm.edu

     

    Julianne  has been an evaluator at the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP) at the University of Vermont’s Robert Larner College of Medicine since 2007.  She evaluates the implementation of the Help Me Grow Vermont System.  This evaluation tracks system progress and identifies system strengths and opportunities for growth and development using quantitative and qualitative methods.  Dr. Krulewitz also leads a team that has evaluated and now provides continuous quality improvement support to the Blueprint for Health, a state-led, nationally recognized initiative transforming the way primary care and comprehensive health services are delivered and paid for.  In addition, she supports the evaluation of VCHIP’s Pediatric Care Coordination Collaboration, a HRSA MCHB project focused on improving care coordination for children and youth with special health care needs.  She has a BA in psychology from Middlebury College and a MA and PhD, both in General/Experimental Psychology, from the University of Vermont.

HMG VT CENTRAL PHONE ACCESS POINT TEAM

  • Elizabeth Gilman, BA, CIRS

    HMG VT Child Development

    Specialist

    Vermont 2-1-1

    elizabeth@unitedwaysvt.org

    Elizabeth has 22 years experience providing direct service and case management to families and individuals with mental health and substance abuse issues and high socio-economic needs. Experience from her case management roles include providing street outreach to individuals and families experiencing homelessness, advocacy for them within the social service system for needs such as housing, benefits and substance abuse treatment and helping the most vulnerable navigate medical and mental health care. Elizabeth’s role as a medical assistant for a homeless healthcare program required training and the opportunity to provide vaccine clinics in the community to high-risk adults. For her work in substance abuse, she was certified in HIV and HCV testing and counseling through the Vermont Department of Health. As a Child Development Specialist at Help Me Grow Vermont, Elizabeth can answer parent and caregiver questions about children’s behavior and development, identify children that are at risk and connect their families and caregivers to resources and services in their community, as well as provide service providers linkage to community resources and supports. Elizabeth has a BA in psychology and is a Certified Information and Referral Specialist (CIRS) through the national AIRS organization.

  • Katie Girard, BSW

    HMG VT Child Development

    Specialist

    Vermont 2-1-1

    katie@unitedwaysvt.org

     

    Katie is a native New Yorker and holds a Bachelor’s of Social Work from the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh and is pursuing her Master’s of Social Work with a concentration in Healthcare. Katie is a certified Family Support Worker, a trained participant for the Office of Children and Family Services; School- Aged Child Care and Early Childhood and Education Program and a NYS Supportive Counselor for domestic abuse through STOP Domestic Violence.  Before joining Help Me Grow VT, Katie worked as a Site Supervisor with school-aged children K-5 at Cumberland Head Elementary School in Cumberland Head, New York. In this role, Katie promoted positive development and safety for each child. Working for Behavioral Health Services North (BHSN), Katie worked as a Certified Family Support Worker for Healthy Families Clinton/Early Advantages program and as a Child Care Manager for the Children’s Care Management program in BHSN’s Children’s Clinic. At BHSN, Katie provided home visitation services, support services, enhanced the parent-child relationship using clinical tools to assess disruptive behaviors and parent-child interactions, provided skill building services to clients seeking social and psychological skills and worked with the Home and Community-Based Services Waiver program and the Intensive Case Management service.  Katie also brings her advocacy and supportive counseling skills to Help Me Grow VT from her experience working as a Supportive Counselor for STOP Domestic Violence Clinton County’s hotline service.

HMG VT FAMILY & COMMUNITY OUTREACH TEAM

  • Steve Ames

    Lamoille Valley & Central Vermont

    Regional Coordinator

    Building Bright Futures

    sames@buildingbrightfutures.org

    Before joining Building Bright Futures, Steve worked to establish River Arts, a non-profit arts organization, in Morrisville as a vibrant part of the community in the Lamoille Valley. Ames has worked for many years at the Stowe Mountain Resort as a ski instructor. In addition, he serves on the boards of the Morristown Alliance for Culture and Commerce, the Community Engagement Lab, and the Speaker's Bureau for Let's Grow Kids. Ames has a Bachelor’s of Art in Asian Studies/Anthropology from Williams College and attended Phillips Exeter Academy. He is also a graduate of the Vermont Leadership Institute, Snelling Center for Government. Presently Ames is part of two national learning labs to provide a rural perspective into early childhood systems building through the Center for the Study of Social Policy and the National League of Cities. Ames is a parent of three children.

  • Amanda Biggs

    Chittenden Regional Coordinator

    Building Bright Futures

    abiggs@buildingbrightfutures.org

    Amanda is drawn to purposeful work that provides exciting opportunities to develop and maintain strong collaboration across community organizations and key partners in her community. Her career was established in the health care sector, where and she spent 14 years as a health care advocate and project manager focused on implementing programs that supported under-served populations of Vermont. An educator by nature, Amanda aspires to better serve children and families by utilizing her strong communication skills to help bridge systems and strengthen engagement of all stakeholders. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Johnson State College and is excited to circle back her educator roots in her role as Chittenden Regional Coordinator. In addition to her work at BBF, Amanda also teaches dance to children and visits local mountains to snowboard as often as she can during the long Vermont winters. She resides in Underhill with her husband and two daughters.

     

  • Dora Levinson

    Southeast Regional Coordinator

    Building Bright Futures

    dlevinson@buildingbrightfutures.org

    Dora has worked both domestically and internationally to monitor and evaluate public health programs, from assessing barriers of health in Brattleboro to evaluating a Trachoma eradication program in Kenya. She spent several years working in the slums of Kolkata, India to improve maternal and child health outcomes through community based health service delivery and engagement.

     

    More recently, Dora has worked in child care and health care settings in Brattleboro and has become actively involved with the community as a foster parent. She has a Masters in Public Health from Tufts University where she concentrated in epidemiology and biostatistics.

     

    Dora has seen the power of shared purpose and collaboration from a young age. She grew up in an intentional social justice community and has continued to look for ways to make sure all voices are heard. Dora believes strongly in monitoring programs and the power of data at the local level to improve services and outcomes through better understanding and accountability.

     

    Dora will be responsible for Building Bright Futures Southeast region.

  • Margaret Maley

    Franklin/Grand Isle

    Regional Coordinator

    Building Bright Futures

    mmaley@

    buildingbrightfutures.org

    Before recently becoming the Franklin Grand Isle BBF regional coordinator, Margaret has been working at Northwestern Counseling and Support Services, a private non-profit human services agency in St. Albans. Most recently, Margaret has worked as the Children’s Integrated Services Coordinator and the coordinator of the Parent Child Center. In addition to her role at BBF, Margaret currently serves as the Early Childhood Resource Team Leader at NCSS. Margaret received her BA in Psychology from Keene State College in New Hampshire, and is currently enrolled at the University of Vermont, pursuing her Masters in the Clinical Mental Health Program. Throughout her time working in the nonprofit world, Margaret has developed a leadership style that supports advocacy, community collaboration, prevention focused initiatives and civic engagement. Margaret is currently enrolled in the 2017 Early Childhood Leadership Institute through the Snelling Center for government with an anticipated graduation date of October 2017. Margaret is a native Vermonter who currently resides in St. Albans with her fiancé.

  • Dawn Powers

    Caledonia & Southern Essex

    Regional Coordinator

    Building Bright Futures

    dpowers@

    buildingbrightfutures.org

    Dawn has fifteen years’ experience in the early childhood field in Vermont. She has worked as a child care provider, a respite provider for a child with special needs, an Even Start specialist, and the Northeast Kingdom Migrant Education Program supervisor and teacher. She currently serves as the Coordinator for Building Bright Futures and Children’s Integrated Services in the Caledonia/Southern Essex region. She believes in developing supportive communities and programs that foster healthy families and empower families living in poverty who want to make a change. Her passion is to work with young children and promote learning through play. Powers holds a Master’s Degree in Human Services with a concentration in Community Counseling Psychology from Springfield College in St. Johnsbury, VT and an Associate Degree in Early Childhood. When not working, Powers enjoys spending time with her children, grandchildren, and foster children.

     

  • Darla Senecal

    Addison & Rutland

    Regional Coordinator

    Building Bright Futures

    dsenecal@buildingbrightfutures.org

     

    Darla comes to Building Bright Futures from Bristol, Vermont where she worked for 17 years in the Recreation Department and was the Director for 10 of those years. During her time there she oversaw the building of the new fully accessible playground, hosted 15 Harvest Festivals, a dozen Halloween parties, 20 Breakfasts with Santa, coordinated numerous summer camps, workshops, and classes, and assisted with upgraded acoustics in the Town Hall.

     

    The community-building nature of that job gave her a unique connection to many people in the area. She is a fourth generation Vermonter and attended Johnson State College. She also worked as a cheer coach for 10 years and ran a private daycare in her home at one time. Darla has 3 adult sons, 2 grandsons, and a black Lab named Lola.

     

    Darla will be responsible for Building Bright Futures' Addison and Rutland regions.

  • Robin Stromgren

    Bennington Regional

    Coordinator

    Building Bright Futures

    rstromgren@

    buildingbrightfutures.org

    A resident of Vermont for the last 18 years, Robin has consistently worked on community collaboration initiatives. Prior to working full-time for BBF, she was one of the 12 regional partnership coordinators that looked to develop local solutions for local issues which focused on the needs of the entire population. For the last 10 years, Robin has worked with the BBF Regional Council sharing her duties part-time while working as the CIS Coordinator for the Bennington region. Prior to coming to Vermont, she taught school and worked as an early interventionist. She also worked as a computer programmer and analyst. She has a Bachelor’s degree and received her certification as an elementary school teacher. She formerly served on the BBF State Advisory Council.

     

  • Ellen Taetzsch

    Springfield Area,

    Northern Windsor & Orange

    Regional Coordinator

    Building Bright Futures

    etaetzsch@buildingbrightfutures.org

    Ellen, a native of New Hampshire, comes to BBF by way of Africa where she recently served as the Health Program Associate at the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project as a Global Health Corps Fellow. Prior to that, she taught pre-school in New Hampshire providing education and support to students and teachers after completing another stint in Zambia as a Peace Corps volunteer working on maternal and child health programs as a Community Health Advisor. Taetzsch received her Master’s in Public Health he spent a year abroad in She resides in Bellows Falls, VT.