University of Vermont

The Center on Disability and Community Inclusion (CDCI)

Meet The Green Mountain FASD Project
Team Members and Consultants


SUSAN RYAN, Executive Director and Project Director

Photo of Susan Ryan

Email: Susan Ryan, Ph.D
Address: : University of Vermont, CDCI, 208 Colchester Ave, 306A Mann Hall, Burlington, VT 05405
Phone: (802) 656-1143
Fax: (802) 656-1357

Susan M. Ryan, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion at the University of Vermont, as well as the Project Director for the Green Mountain FASD Project. Additionally, Dr. Ryan is a professor of Special Education within the College of Education and Social Services at the University of Vermont.

Dr. Ryan completed her doctoral degree in early intervention and special education from the University of Oregon. Dr. Ryan received a Fulbright Research Award at the National Institute on Intellectual Disabilities, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

From 1991-2006 Dr. Ryan was a Professor of Early Intervention and Special Education at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Between 1998-2004 Dr. Ryan served as an external evaluator on a FASD research project funded by the Center on Disease Control, and she was awarded the Alaska Office of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. During that time Dr. Ryan worked directly with children with FASD and their families.

Dr. Ryan has experience working in third world countries as well as writing grants, conducting research, providing technical assistance and personnel preparation. Dr. Ryan's research interests include fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, community inclusion, and rural service delivery. Since July of 2014 Dr. Ryan has worked with Rebecca Ilene Mintz and Kelli Gile promoting FASD awareness and prevention in Vermont.


REBECCA ILENE MINTZ, Research Assistant

Email: Rebecca Ilene Mintz
Address: University of Vermont, CDCI, 208 Colchester Ave, 306 Mann Hall, Burlington, VT 05405

Rebecca Ilene Mintz serves as a research assistant to Susan Ryan, the Executive Director at the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion, on the Green Mountain FASD Project at the University of Vermont. Ms. Mintz has worked alongside Dr. Ryan and Kelli Gile since July of 2014 promoting FASD awareness and prevention in the state of Vermont.

Ms. Mintz graduated from the University of Vermont in 2013 with a degree in Anthropology and a concentration in biological human development. She plans to pursue a dual Master's in Public Health and Health Administration next year.

Ms. Mintz gained great experience throughout her college career working for the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP). In addition to working on the Green Mountain FASD Project, Ms. Mintz currently does quality assurance for Fletcher Allen Healthcare's Infectious Disease Unit.

Ms. Mintz has worked with the FASD team on highlighting and spreading new FASD publications and webinars, as well as supporting the project management team. Along with Kelli Gile, she hopes to conduct her own FASD training for students at the University of Vermont in the coming year.


KELLI GILE, Research Assistant


Email: Kelli Gile
Address:
University of Vermont, CDCI, 208 Colchester Ave, 306 Mann Hall, Burlington, VT 05405

Kelli Gile serves as a research assistant to Susan Ryan, the Executive Director at the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion, on the Green Mountain FASD Project at the University of Vermont. Ms. Gile has worked alongside Dr. Ryan and Rebecca Ilene Mintz since July of 2014 promoting FASD awareness and prevention in the state of Vermont.

Ms. Gile graduated from the University of Maine in 2012 with a degree in Social Work. She is currently pursing a Masters in Social Work at the University of Vermont.

In addition to working on the Green Mountain FASD Project, Ms. Gile is interning at the Department for Children and Families and volunteering for Prevent Child Abuse where she is co-facilitating a Circle of Parents group. She gained previous social work experience in college through internships and various direct service jobs.

Ms. Gile has collaborated with the FASD team on current research, spreading local awareness, and co-constructing a FASD trainers group who will do numerous FASD trainings around the state. Along with Rebecca Ilene Mintz, she hopes to conduct her own FASD training for students at the University of Vermont.

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