Meet the Staff
Martha is the friendly face at the Living Well front desk in the Davis Center. Martha has worked at the front desk both in CAPS and SHS and is well versed in CHWB services. Martha is very active and has completed 3 full marathons and 9 half marathons since 2012. She enjoys traveling and downhill skiing with her husband. Martha completed her Associates Degree (A.S.) in Business Management from Champlain College.
Jennifer Archambault is the Marketing Director for the Center for Health & Wellbeing at the University of Vermont, and she is a key member of CHWB's Education and Outreach team. She produces publicity for events and programs, CHWB communication materials including ads, and many other promotional materials. Jennifer holds a BA in English from the University of Texas at Austin and an MA in Writing & Publishing from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. She really loves to talk about fonts.
Amy Boyd Austin, MSS
Amy’s work is grounded in her passion for education, outreach, and social justice. Based in the Living Well office, she coordinates the Catamount Recovery Program at UVM, a community dedicated to students in recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction. In addition, Amy works with initiatives supporting students who choose to be substance free at UVM (student group “Not My Thing”). Amy welcomes conversations about health, wellness, abstinence-based recovery, substance-free living, diversity, and social justice. She has been at the University since 2004 with a history of work in both higher education and corrections. Amy has a B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware, and a Master's of Social Service Management from Bryn Mawr College.
Mr. Brown is the coordinator and research consultant for the Catamount Recovery Program, which provides supports for college students living in long term recovery. His current role includes examining and implementing recovery capital structures, peer recovery supports, and developing programing based on the Holistic Wellness model. Austin also serves as a national student representative on the Association of Recovery in Higher Education Board, and recently received an award for outstanding contributions to collegiate recovery. Austin is a graduate of Texas Tech University, where he received a BA in psychology and addiction studies. He is currently in his concentration year of the Master’s of Social Work program at UVM
Rose Del Vecchio, BA
Rose is a BASICS Coordinator and Graduate Assistant at Living Well. She meets with students in one-on-one sessions where they discuss their goals as students at UVM, and how their substance use fits with those goals. Rose’s professional interests include creating spaces for college students to discuss healthy relationships of all kinds, diversity on college campuses, and feminism. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Psychology from Brandeis University and is currently enrolled in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration masters program at UVM.
Tom Fontana, LCMHC, LADC
Tom is the BASICS Program Coordinator. BASICS is designed to assist students in exploring their relationship with substance use in a judgement free environment. Goals are formed by the student with the aim of increasing authentic connections. Tom received his Master's in Counseling from the University of Vermont. He is a Licensed Drug & Alcohol Counselor and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.
Candace L. Polzella, M.S.S., R.D., C.S.S.D; Registered Dietitian
Candace received her Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Vermont, completed her dietetic internship at The New York Hospital, and received a Master’s of Social Science from the University of Colorado, Denver. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD). In addition to her role at Student Health Sevices, Candace co-facilitates the Body Project and offers a variety of nutrition related programming with Living Well.
Jeff G. Rettew, Ph.D.
Jeff is the Assistant Director of Living Well, where he oversees program development and evaluation. Jeff has worn many hats in higher education including mental health counselor, career counselor, and course instructor. His interests and areas of expertise include positive psychology, counseling, teaching, college student development, motivational interviewing, and substance use prevention/intervention. He completed his doctorate in counseling psychology at the University of Kansas, and his internship at the University of New Hampshire Counseling Center. Jeff is also a member of Therapy Dogs of Vermont, along with his golden retriever, Tucker.
Tucker Rettew, TDV
Tucker is the staff therapy dog at Living Well. He holds regular office hours in the Davis Center with his handler/owner, Jeff Rettew, and assists with a variety of outreach programming across the UVM campus. Tucker was born in Olathe, KS on May 4, 2007, and has been certified with Therapy Dogs of Vermont since 2014. He loves belly rubs, chin scratches, and bear hugs. His interests include swimming, sticks, food, and people. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat to find out what he is up to!
Kelly Thorne, PsyD
Kelly is the Director of Education & Outreach Services within the Center for Health & Wellbeing. She oversees the Living Well office, which provides educational programming & resource information to students on a wide range of health and wellness topics. Kelly also serves as an Assistant Director in Counseling & Psychiatry Services. She is a Licensed Psychologist in Vermont, having received her Master's in Sport Psychology from Purdue University and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver. Her professional interests include developmental issues of college students, stress management, depression, eating disorders, substance use on college campuses, sport psychology, and wellness. In addition to her UVM roles, Kelly serves on the steering committee for the Association for University and College Counseling Center Outreach (AUCCCO), whose mission is to assist professionals involved in the leadership of outreach, consultation, and campus community interventions.
Annie Valentine, MEd
Annie is a health educator in Living Well where her primary focus is mental health education and outreach. Her areas of interest are on hot topics in college mental health, including suicide prevention, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety – as well as their intersection with different identities. She serves an adviser, facilitator and a committee member on a number of campus and state wide initiatives aimed to create a healthy, safe and vibrant community. Annie received her Master Degree in Education at the University of Vermont and her undergraduate degree from St. Michael’s College.
Last modified November 19 2015 02:55 PM