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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.

     

  • Laura Bernard, MPH

    Early Childhood Services Coordinator

    Vermont Department of Health

    laura.bernard@vermont.gov

     

    Laura , is the Early Childhood Services Coordinator at the Vermont Department of Health in the Division of Maternal and Child Heath where she leads the Perinatal and Early Childhood Health (PEaCH) Unit. 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 implements 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.

  • 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.

  • Becky Raymond Millard, MEd

    Infant & Child Health Coordinator

    Vermont Department of Health

    becky.millard@vermont.gov

     

    Becky worked for several years as a preschool teacher and director in the greater Boston area before moving to Vermont in 2009. Prior to her work with Building Bright Futures, she served as Director of Programming for the Boys and Girls Club of the White River Valley in Randolph, and then as Community Impact Director for the Green Mountain United Way. She holds a B.A. from Smith College in psychology and music, and a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education and Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University. She is a graduate of the first class of the Early Childhood Leadership Institute at the Snelling Center for Government funded by Vermont’s Early Learning Challenge-Race to the Top Grant.

HMG VT PROVIDER OUTREACH TEAM

  • 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.

     

  • Lauren Smith, LCMHC

    Project Director & Quality Improvement Coach

    Vermont Child Health Improvement Program

    lauren.smith.2@med.uvm.edu

     

    Lauren is currently the Project Director for Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health), a SAMHSA funded grant to promote the wellness of young children. Through Project LAUNCH, Lauren has been implementing Vermont’s System for Universal Developmental Screening. Lauren is a trainer for the ASQ-3, 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©, 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.

     

  • Rebecca Webb, MEd

    Project Director & Quality Improvement Coach

    Vermont Child Health Improvement Program

    rebecca.webb.2@med.uvm.edu

    Rebecca has been implementing Vermont’s System for Universal Developmental Screening. She is a trainer for the ASQ-3 and ASQ-SE2, and a Master Instructor through Northern Lights Career Development Center of Vermont, the professional development entity for early childhood professionals throughout the state.  Since joining VCHIP in 2015, Rebecca has trained over 200 early childhood professionals on developmental surveillance, developmental screening using the ASQ-3© and/orASQ:SE2©, 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. Prior to her time with VCHIP, Rebecca spent 15 years as an early care and education provider and 14 years as an Early Childhood Special Educator employed by local school districts. Rebecca holds a Masters in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Vermont.

     

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

  • Megan Fitzgerald, MDiv

    HMG VT Child Development Specialist

    Vermont 2-1-1

    megan@unitedwaysvt.org

     

    Megan has worked in direct social services and advocacy since 1997. She has worked with individuals and families as a case manager, residential staff person, restorative justice program coordinator, and peer health promotion coordinator. She has been an adult facilitator of youth groups and an educational program director for children and youth. While serving in that capacity, Megan recruited an advisory board of children and youth to assess and assist in developing the programs that were created to serve them.  She credits her graduate field work on the streets of San Francisco in teaching her to offer tools, options, advocacy, and harm reduction. Megan has worked for social change with and for people experiencing homelessness, youth, the GLBTQQIA community, and people experiencing co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues. She learned great deal about Vermont systems and resources as she advocated for clients and provided referrals for people with a diversity of needs. She has helped youth to connect with opportunities in the community to effect change including social action, leadership opportunities, community outreach, and intergenerational collaborations. All of Megan’s education and work experience comes in handy when answering Help Me Grow phone calls. She is especially passionate about sharing protective factor information with families to help them to be resilient and healthy even in the midst of challenges and stress. Megan has a BA in Communications and Philosophy, and a Master of Divinity.

  • 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.

  • Cathy Nellis, MEd

    Resource Manager & Trainer

    Vermont 2-1-1

    cathy@unitedwaysvt.org

     

    Cathy is the Resource Manager and Trainer at Vermont 2-1-1, a program of the United Ways of Vermont.  For the past 12 years, Ms. Nellis has been involved in the development, launch, growth, and management of Vermont 2-1-1.  Ms. Nellis began as the first Vermont 2-1-1 Contact Center Manager; her leadership role has evolved to trainer of all staff and developing and maintaining a variety of partnerships with human service agencies and statewide networks in order to provide streamlined, up-to-date access to Information and Referral for all Vermonters.   She helped develop the  Help Me Grow Vermont (HMG VT) Centralized Access Point, customized data tracking system, and trains and supports the HMG Child Development Specialists who provide personalized telephone care coordination to  Vermont families with young children (birth to age 8).  Ms. Nellis is a Certified Information and Referral Specialist (CIRS) through the national Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS) and a Certified Resource Specialist (CRS).  Ms. Nellis earned her Master’s in Education degree at Saint Michael’s College and received her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Vermont. Prior to working in human services, Ms. Nellis taught middle school mathematics in Vermont  for 10 years and previously worked in the mortgage and banking industry.

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.

  • Dana Anderson

    Addison  & Rutland Regional Coordinator

    Building Bright Futures

    danderson@buildingbrightfutures.org

    Working as a Youth Programs Specialist for the City of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, is where Dana Anderson found her passion in working with youth and directing out-of-school enrichment and adventure programs. Upon moving back to New England to be closer to family, she continued as the director of Ex.C.E.L., a 21st Century Community Learning Center program for Windsor Northwest Supervisory Union, collaborating among schools and community and national organizations to provide high quality experiential learning experiences for school aged youth. These skills served her well through Vermont Afterschool, Inc., where she worked as the regional coordinator for Afterschool Professionals, in addition to being a contracted staff curriculum developer and trainer. In 2014, she was the lead grant writer, which led to a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant award. Anderson has participated in various community boards, and maintains her passion for supporting the future of quality childcare programs in Vermont. Anderson is a graduate of Johnston State College with a B.A. in Education and Psychology. She also is certified as an Elementary Level One Teacher.

  • Martha Braithwaite

    Orleans & Northern Essex

    Regional Coordinator Building Bright Futures

    mbraithwaite@buildingbrightfutures.org

    A native Vermonter, Martha has ten years of experience partnering with parents and communities to improve the well-being of young children from the San Francisco Bay Area to Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. In Oakland, she was awarded the 2008 Avon Foundation Hello Tomorrow Award for her work developing a mentoring program to support teen mothers’ access to higher education. In Vermont, She served as the Social Enterprise Manager at Northeast Kingdom Community Action, where she partnered with Economic Services to develop job training programs for parents receiving ReachUp assistance. her direct service experience instilled in her a deep commitment to collaboration to ensure that systems are responsive to the changing needs of communities and that finite resources are utilized efficiently. Prior to joining BBF, she served as the Easter Seals VT Program Coordinator for the Newport Family Services District. She managed a team that provided Family Engagement Services to caregivers with children ages 0-18 at risk of or in state custody using trauma-informed, evidenced-based best practices. She has a B.A. in Public Policy with a minor in Economics from Mills College and a M.B.A. with a concentration in Nonprofit Management and Social Enterprise from the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business. She currently resides in the Northeast Kingdom with her son.

  • Sarah Buxton

    Northern Windsor & Orange

    Regional Coordinator Building Bright Futures

    sbuxton@buildingbrightfutures.org

    While attending UVM, Sarah worked the evening shift at The Burlington Children’s Space –awakening her to the remarkable challenges that low-income children and their families face right here in Vermont. Looking to understand how policies that impact at-risk Vermonters are developed, she took a job with then-Governor Howard Dean upon graduation. After several years of government and political service, she moved to Washington, DC to work at The Children’s Defense Fund as an aide to Marion Wright Edelman. Unable to disengage from political work, Sarah eventually moved to Ohio to help run a U.S. Senate race and subsequently managed a successful congressional campaign. Returning to Vermont in 2007, Sarah enrolled at Vermont Law School, graduating cum laude and as

    president of her class in 2010. In the fall of that year, she won her first election and served as the State Representative for Tunbridge and Royalton until 2017. She sat on the House Education Committee, where she helped shepherd through Act 166 during the 2013-2014 session. Buxton also serves on the Justice for Children Task Force, as an advisor to Capstone Community Action Agency and Building a Local Economy (BALE), as Trustee for the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC), and on the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (LCAR). In 2015, Buxton was selected as an Early Learning Fellows by the National Council of State Legislatures.

     

  • Amy Johnson

    Franklin/Grand Isle Regional Coordinator

    Building Bright Futures

    ajohnson@buildingbrightfutures.org

     

    Amy most recently worked at the United Way of Chittenden County as a Program Director working to address education, health and income inequality in Chittenden and Franklin/Grand Isle. She has extensive experience as a prevention specialist and trainer working both in the United States and abroad, particularly in South America, East/Southeast Asia and West/South Africa. Well versed in the Strengthening Families Framework and Results Based Accountability (RBA), she is dedicated to approaches that support the well-being of young children and families through building community capacity. She has a Master of Arts in Social Justice from S.I.T., a B.A in Psychology and Studio Art from Kalamazoo, MI and participated in an International Study Program at the University of Nairobi in

    Nairobi, Kenya. She speaks four languages, including ASL. She and her partner are parents of a nine-month old daughter.

     

  • 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.

     

  • Chad Simmons

    Southeast Vermont Regional Coordinator

    Building Bright Futures

    csimmons@buildingbrightfutures.org

     

    Before joining BBF, Chad completed a four-year stint as the Media Coordinator with Greater Falls Connections, a community organizing and substance prevention group based out of Bellows Falls, Vermont. His previous work includes advocating for clean energy policy at Safe Power Vermont coalition and increasing and promoting organic food systems with the Organic Trade Association. He has a Masters of Sustainable Development from the SIT Graduate Institute and a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. He and his wife are parents to a newborn daughter.

  • 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 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.

     

  • Beth Truzansky

    Chittenden Regional Coordinator

    Building Bright Futures

    btruzansky@buildingbrightfutures.org

    Beth creates institutional change for more diverse and equitable systems. Her current work with Building Bright Futures is to create a more integrated and coordinated system for children and families in Chittenden County and across Vermont. She has spent her career convening people in community problem‐ solving on issues of race, class and citizen engagement. She previously worked for the City of Burlington, Vermont launching the We All Belong Program supporting cohorts of organizations to create more equitable systems. Her skills are in organization development, creating culturally competent systems, engaged decision making, training and group facilitation. Beth is a trainer for the Interaction Institute for Social Change; highlighting the importance of good process in meetings and decision making. She is also an active member of the Burlington Friends Meeting and weaves in the unique practice of Quaker process and a deeper understanding of community decision making. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a Bachelor's in Environmental Studies and was selected to participate in BUILD’s Initiative Equity Leaders Action Network (ELAN). She lives in Burlington with her partner, Tracy, and their two daughters.

     

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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.

     

  • Laura Bernard, MPH

    Early Childhood Services Coordinator

    Vermont Department of Health

    laura.bernard@vermont.gov

     

    Laura , is the Early Childhood Services Coordinator at the Vermont Department of Health in the Division of Maternal and Child Heath where she leads the Perinatal and Early Childhood Health (PEaCH) Unit. 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 implements 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.

     

  • 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.

     

  • Becky Raymond Millard, MEd

    Infant & Child Health Coordinator

    Vermont Department of Health

    becky.millard@vermont.gov

     

    Becky worked for several years as a preschool teacher and director in the greater Boston area before moving to Vermont in 2009. Prior to her work with Building Bright Futures, she served as Director of Programming for the Boys and Girls Club of the White River Valley in Randolph, and then as Community Impact Director for the Green Mountain United Way. She holds a B.A. from Smith College in psychology and music, and a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education and Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University. She is a graduate of the first class of the Early Childhood Leadership Institute at the Snelling Center for Government funded by Vermont’s Early Learning Challenge-Race to the Top Grant.

     

  • 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.

     

  • Lauren Smith, LCMHC

    Project Director & Quality Improvement Coach

    Vermont Child Health Improvement Program

    lauren.smith.2@med.uvm.edu

     

    Lauren is currently the Project Director for Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health), a SAMHSA funded grant to promote the wellness of young children. Through Project LAUNCH, Lauren has been implementing Vermont’s System for Universal Developmental Screening. Lauren is a trainer for the ASQ-3, 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©, 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.

     

  • Rebecca Webb, MEd

    Project Director & Quality Improvement Coach

    Vermont Child Health Improvement Program

    rebecca.webb.2@med.uvm.edu

    Rebecca has been implementing Vermont’s System for Universal Developmental Screening. She is a trainer for the ASQ-3 and ASQ-SE2, and a Master Instructor through Northern Lights Career Development Center of Vermont, the professional development entity for early childhood professionals throughout the state.  Since joining VCHIP in 2015, Rebecca has trained over 200 early childhood professionals on developmental surveillance, developmental screening using the ASQ-3© and/orASQ:SE2©, 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. Prior to her time with VCHIP, Rebecca spent 15 years as an early care and education provider and 14 years as an Early Childhood Special Educator employed by local school districts. Rebecca holds a Masters in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Vermont.

  • 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.

  • Megan Fitzgerald, MDiv

    HMG VT Child Development Specialist

    Vermont 2-1-1

    megan@unitedwaysvt.org

    Megan has worked in direct social services and advocacy since 1997. She has worked with individuals and families as a case manager, residential staff person, restorative justice program coordinator, and peer health promotion coordinator. She has been an adult facilitator of youth groups and an educational program director for children and youth. While serving in that capacity, Megan recruited an advisory board of children and youth to assess and assist in developing the programs that were created to serve them.  She credits her graduate field work on the streets of San Francisco in teaching her to offer tools, options, advocacy, and harm reduction. Megan has worked for social change with and for people experiencing homelessness, youth, the GLBTQQIA community, and people experiencing co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues. She learned great deal about Vermont systems and resources as she advocated for clients and provided referrals for people with a diversity of needs. She has helped youth to connect with opportunities in the community to effect change including social action, leadership opportunities, community outreach, and intergenerational collaborations. All of Megan’s education and work experience comes in handy when answering Help Me Grow phone calls. She is especially passionate about sharing protective factor information with families to help them to be resilient and healthy even in the midst of challenges and stress. Megan has a BA in Communications and Philosophy, and a Master of Divinity.

  • 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.

  • Cathy Nellis, MEd

    Resource Manager & Trainer

    Vermont 2-1-1

    cathy@unitedwaysvt.org

     

    Cathy is the Resource Manager and Trainer at Vermont 2-1-1, a program of the United Ways of Vermont.  For the past 12 years, Ms. Nellis has been involved in the development, launch, growth, and management of Vermont 2-1-1.  Ms. Nellis began as the first Vermont 2-1-1 Contact Center Manager; her leadership role has evolved to trainer of all staff and developing and maintaining a variety of partnerships with human service agencies and statewide networks in order to provide streamlined, up-to-date access to Information and Referral for all Vermonters.   She helped develop the  Help Me Grow Vermont (HMG VT) Centralized Access Point, customized data tracking system, and trains and supports the HMG Child Development Specialists who provide personalized telephone care coordination to  Vermont families with young children (birth to age 8).  Ms. Nellis is a Certified Information and Referral Specialist (CIRS) through the national Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS) and a Certified Resource Specialist (CRS).  Ms. Nellis earned her Master’s in Education degree at Saint Michael’s College and received her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Vermont. Prior to working in human services, Ms. Nellis taught middle school mathematics in Vermont  for 10 years and previously worked in the mortgage and banking industry.

  • 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.

  • Dana Anderson

    Addison  & Rutland Regional Coordinator

    Building Bright Futures

    danderson@buildingbrightfutures.org

    Working as a Youth Programs Specialist for the City of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, is where Dana Anderson found her passion in working with youth and directing out-of-school enrichment and adventure programs. Upon moving back to New England to be closer to family, she continued as the director of Ex.C.E.L., a 21st Century Community Learning Center program for Windsor Northwest Supervisory Union, collaborating among schools and community and national organizations to provide high quality experiential learning experiences for school aged youth. These skills served her well through Vermont Afterschool, Inc., where she worked as the regional coordinator for Afterschool Professionals, in addition to being a contracted staff curriculum developer and trainer. In 2014, she was the lead grant writer, which led to a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant award. Anderson has participated in various community boards, and maintains her passion for supporting the future of quality childcare programs in Vermont. Anderson is a graduate of Johnston State College with a B.A. in Education and Psychology. She also is certified as an Elementary Level One Teacher.

  • Martha Braithwaite

    Orleans & Northern Essex

    Regional Coordinator Building Bright Futures

    mbraithwaite@buildingbrightfutures.org

    A native Vermonter, Martha has ten years of experience partnering with parents and communities to improve the well-being of young children from the San Francisco Bay Area to Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. In Oakland, she was awarded the 2008 Avon Foundation Hello Tomorrow Award for her work developing a mentoring program to support teen mothers’ access to higher education. In Vermont, She served as the Social Enterprise Manager at Northeast Kingdom Community Action, where she partnered with Economic Services to develop job training programs for parents receiving ReachUp assistance. her direct service experience instilled in her a deep commitment to collaboration to ensure that systems are responsive to the changing needs of communities and that finite resources are utilized efficiently. Prior to joining BBF, she served as the Easter Seals VT Program Coordinator for the Newport Family Services District. She managed a team that provided Family Engagement Services to caregivers with children ages 0-18 at risk of or in state custody using trauma-informed, evidenced-based best practices. She has a B.A. in Public Policy with a minor in Economics from Mills College and a M.B.A. with a concentration in Nonprofit Management and Social Enterprise from the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business. She currently resides in the Northeast Kingdom with her son.

  • Sarah Buxton

    Northern Windsor & Orange

    Regional Coordinator Building Bright Futures

    sbuxton@buildingbrightfutures.org

    While attending UVM, Sarah worked the evening shift at The Burlington Children’s Space –awakening her to the remarkable challenges that low-income children and their families face right here in Vermont. Looking to understand how policies that impact at-risk Vermonters are developed, she took a job with then-Governor Howard Dean upon graduation. After several years of government and political service, she moved to Washington, DC to work at The Children’s Defense Fund as an aide to Marion Wright Edelman. Unable to disengage from political work, Sarah eventually moved to Ohio to help run a U.S. Senate race and subsequently managed a successful congressional campaign. Returning to Vermont in 2007, Sarah enrolled at Vermont Law School, graduating cum laude and as

    president of her class in 2010. In the fall of that year, she won her first election and served as the State Representative for Tunbridge and Royalton until 2017. She sat on the House Education Committee, where she helped shepherd through Act 166 during the 2013-2014 session. Buxton also serves on the Justice for Children Task Force, as an advisor to Capstone Community Action Agency and Building a Local Economy (BALE), as Trustee for the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC), and on the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (LCAR). In 2015, Buxton was selected as an Early Learning Fellows by the National Council of State Legislatures.

     

  • Amy Johnson

    Franklin/Grand Isle Regional Coordinator

    Building Bright Futures

    ajohnson@buildingbrightfutures.org

     

    Amy most recently worked at the United Way of Chittenden County as a Program Director working to address education, health and income inequality in Chittenden and Franklin/Grand Isle. She has extensive experience as a prevention specialist and trainer working both in the United States and abroad, particularly in South America, East/Southeast Asia and West/South Africa. Well versed in the Strengthening Families Framework and Results Based Accountability (RBA), she is dedicated to approaches that support the well-being of young children and families through building community capacity. She has a Master of Arts in Social Justice from S.I.T., a B.A in Psychology and Studio Art from Kalamazoo, MI and participated in an International Study Program at the University of Nairobi in

    Nairobi, Kenya. She speaks four languages, including ASL. She and her partner are parents of a nine-month old daughter.

     

  • 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.

     

  • Chad Simmons

    Southeast Vermont Regional Coordinator

    Building Bright Futures

    csimmons@buildingbrightfutures.org

     

    Before joining BBF, Chad completed a four-year stint as the Media Coordinator with Greater Falls Connections, a community organizing and substance prevention group based out of Bellows Falls, Vermont. His previous work includes advocating for clean energy policy at Safe Power Vermont coalition and increasing and promoting organic food systems with the Organic Trade Association. He has a Masters of Sustainable Development from the SIT Graduate Institute and a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. He and his wife are parents to a newborn daughter.

  • 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 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.

     

  • Beth Truzansky

    Chittenden Regional Coordinator

    Building Bright Futures

    btruzansky@buildingbrightfutures.org

    Beth creates institutional change for more diverse and equitable systems. Her current work with Building Bright Futures is to create a more integrated and coordinated system for children and families in Chittenden County and across Vermont. She has spent her career convening people in community problem‐ solving on issues of race, class and citizen engagement. She previously worked for the City of Burlington, Vermont launching the We All Belong Program supporting cohorts of organizations to create more equitable systems. Her skills are in organization development, creating culturally competent systems, engaged decision making, training and group facilitation. Beth is a trainer for the Interaction Institute for Social Change; highlighting the importance of good process in meetings and decision making. She is also an active member of the Burlington Friends Meeting and weaves in the unique practice of Quaker process and a deeper understanding of community decision making. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a Bachelor's in Environmental Studies and was selected to participate in BUILD’s Initiative Equity Leaders Action Network (ELAN). She lives in Burlington with her partner, Tracy, and their two daughters.

     

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.

     

  • Laura Bernard, MPH

    Early Childhood Services

    Coordinator

    Vermont Department of Health

    laura.bernard@vermont.gov

     

    Laura , is the Early Childhood Services Coordinator at the Vermont Department of Health in the Division of Maternal and Child Heath where she leads the Perinatal and Early Childhood Health (PEaCH) Unit. 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 implements 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.

     

  • 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.

     

  • Becky Raymond Millard, MEd

    Infant & Child Health

    Coordinator

    Vermont Department of Health

    becky.millard@vermont.gov

     

    Becky worked for several years as a preschool teacher and director in the greater Boston area before moving to Vermont in 2009. Prior to her work with Building Bright Futures, she served as Director of Programming for the Boys and Girls Club of the White River Valley in Randolph, and then as Community Impact Director for the Green Mountain United Way. She holds a B.A. from Smith College in psychology and music, and a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education and Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University. She is a graduate of the first class of the Early Childhood Leadership Institute at the Snelling Center for Government funded by Vermont’s Early Learning Challenge-Race to the Top Grant.

     

HMG VT PROVIDER

OUTREACH TEAM

  • 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.

     

  • Lauren Smith, LCMHC

    Project Director &

    Quality Improvement Coach

    Vermont Child Health

    Improvement Program

    lauren.smith.2@med.uvm.edu

     

    Lauren is currently the Project Director for Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health), a SAMHSA funded grant to promote the wellness of young children. Through Project LAUNCH, Lauren has been implementing Vermont’s System for Universal Developmental Screening. Lauren is a trainer for the ASQ-3, 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©, 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.

     

  • Rebecca Webb, MEd

    Project Director &

    Quality Improvement Coach

    Vermont Child Health

    Improvement Program

    rebecca.webb.2@med.uvm.edu

    Rebecca has been implementing Vermont’s System for Universal Developmental Screening. She is a trainer for the ASQ-3 and ASQ-SE2, and a Master Instructor through Northern Lights Career Development Center of Vermont, the professional development entity for early childhood professionals throughout the state.  Since joining VCHIP in 2015, Rebecca has trained over 200 early childhood professionals on developmental surveillance, developmental screening using the ASQ-3© and/orASQ:SE2©, 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. Prior to her time with VCHIP, Rebecca spent 15 years as an early care and education provider and 14 years as an Early Childhood Special Educator employed by local school districts. Rebecca holds a Masters in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Vermont.

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

  • Megan Fitzgerald, MDiv

    HMG VT Child Development Specialist

    Vermont 2-1-1

    megan@unitedwaysvt.org

    Megan has worked in direct social services and advocacy since 1997. She has worked with individuals and families as a case manager, residential staff person, restorative justice program coordinator, and peer health promotion coordinator. She has been an adult facilitator of youth groups and an educational program director for children and youth. While serving in that capacity, Megan recruited an advisory board of children and youth to assess and assist in developing the programs that were created to serve them.  She credits her graduate field work on the streets of San Francisco in teaching her to offer tools, options, advocacy, and harm reduction. Megan has worked for social change with and for people experiencing homelessness, youth, the GLBTQQIA community, and people experiencing co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues. She learned great deal about Vermont systems and resources as she advocated for clients and provided referrals for people with a diversity of needs. She has helped youth to connect with opportunities in the community to effect change including social action, leadership opportunities, community outreach, and intergenerational collaborations. All of Megan’s education and work experience comes in handy when answering Help Me Grow phone calls. She is especially passionate about sharing protective factor information with families to help them to be resilient and healthy even in the midst of challenges and stress. Megan has a BA in Communications and Philosophy, and a Master of Divinity.

  • 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.

  • Cathy Nellis, MEd

    Resource Manager & Trainer

    Vermont 2-1-1

    cathy@unitedwaysvt.org

     

    Cathy is the Resource Manager and Trainer at Vermont 2-1-1, a program of the United Ways of Vermont.  For the past 12 years, Ms. Nellis has been involved in the development, launch, growth, and management of Vermont 2-1-1.  Ms. Nellis began as the first Vermont 2-1-1 Contact Center Manager; her leadership role has evolved to trainer of all staff and developing and maintaining a variety of partnerships with human service agencies and statewide networks in order to provide streamlined, up-to-date access to Information and Referral for all Vermonters.   She helped develop the  Help Me Grow Vermont (HMG VT) Centralized Access Point, customized data tracking system, and trains and supports the HMG Child Development Specialists who provide personalized telephone care coordination to  Vermont families with young children (birth to age 8).  Ms. Nellis is a Certified Information and Referral Specialist (CIRS) through the national Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS) and a Certified Resource Specialist (CRS).  Ms. Nellis earned her Master’s in Education degree at Saint Michael’s College and received her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Vermont. Prior to working in human services, Ms. Nellis taught middle school mathematics in Vermont  for 10 years and previously worked in the mortgage and banking industry.

HMG VT FAMILY & COMMUNITY OUTREACH TEAM