University of Vermont

The Center on Disability and Community Inclusion (CDCI)

Community Advisory Council

Meet our CAC Members: 2014-2015

Max Barrows
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Green Mountain Self-Advocates

Interests: I am interested in traveling. I have a fascination with extreme weather.
Family: I live with my parents, and have a twin brother.
Reason for Serving: As Outreach Coordinator of Green Mountain Self-Advocates, I am serving on the council to speak up on behalf or persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

June Bascom
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Division of Disability and Aging Servcies

Interests: Being outdoors and active. Photography. I am a volunteer with the Montpelier Community Justice Center.
Family: Partner, Michael
Reason for serving on the council: I serve on behalf of the Director of the Division of Disability and Aging Services with the State of Vermont.

Jean Beatson
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Jericho, Vermont
Vermont ILEHP Training Director, Nursing Faculty

Interests: Hiking, snowshoeing, canoeing, cooking, reading, movies, walking, and travel.
Family: Husband, son, daughter, 3 stepdaughters, 2 cats and 1 dog.
Reason for serving on the council: Vermont ILEHP is closely assosiated with CDCI. We train health professionals to be leaders in their field, especially families affected by special health care needs and disabilities.

Amber Fulcher
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Sharon Henault, CAC Chairperson
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Interests: Increasing the ability of people with disabilities to gain and remina as independent as possible. Riding my tricycle, and reading.
Family: Right now I am guardian to my 13 year old granddaugther Calista, and my 23 year old granddaughter Samantha is my long-term care worker. They and my other granddaughter live with me.
Reason for Serving: To help CDCI work toward independence and service for all people with disabilities.

Kathleen Holsopple
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Vermont Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health

Nancy Kisonak
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Vermont Family Network, Family Support Consultant

Lisa Maynes
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Karen Mikkelsen
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Northeast Regional Resource Center
Learning Innovations

Interests: My professional interests are effective technical assistance and consultation strategies in the fields of education, particularly special education, mental health, and family/student involvement in education. My personal interests are my family, skiing, biking, and a recently discovered obsession with golf.
Family: My family is wonderful: my beloved partner, Ann who is a nurse; a daughter who has a daughter who is now 2 and a son-in-law who makes me smile: an ex-husband who has a son who I adore and who just graduated from Mt. Mansfield, and relatives who live far away, like my brother in Norway.
Reason for serving on the council: I love the people that CDCI serves and the people who do the serving. The promotion of community involvement for each and every person is a vision that rings true in my heart.

Ed Paquin
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Fairfax, Vermont
Executive Director, Disability Rights Vermont

Interests: Disability Rights, Music (I play folk music with friends and in a "Garage Band," playing rock and roll.) Politics and History
Family: One adult daughter now living across the continent, and an adult stepdaughter and stepson here in the northeast.
Reason for serving on the council: Coming from the Protection and Advocacy system, I look to the CDCI to fill a complementary role to the legal work we do for people with disabilities.

René Pellerin
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Story Teller, Comedian
Waterbury Center, Vermont


Karen Schwartz
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Parent, Director of Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council

Olivia Smith-Hammond
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Representative for people with intellectual disabilities


Karen Topper
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Green Mountain Self-Advocates

Nicole Villemaire
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Self Advocate
Williston, Vermont

Nicole works at Northwestern Vermont Counseling services where she provides peer support and helps other individuals with disabilities develop their self advocacy skills. She also works at Pillsbury Manor. In addition to being an active member of the CAC, Nicole is on the Board of Directors of Green Mountain Self Advocates and treasurer. She serves on the Vermon's Special Olympics Board of Directors, and recently became a Global Messenger for Special Olympics.

CDCI Liaison

Deborah Lisi-Baker
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Associate Director of the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion, CDCI Liaison


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