University of Vermont


Our Staff

  • Lori Abbott, BSW Lori Abbott, BSW

    While she sometimes works at the CAPS Redstone office, Lori can usually be found at the Jacobs House front desk, greeting students, scheduling appointments, and making sure the office runs smoothly. She is a recent graduate of the Social Work Program at the University of Vermont.

  • Amy Boyd Austin, MSS Amy Boyd Austin, MSS

    Amy oversees Safer Sex and Sexual Health Education and Training for the Center for Health & Wellbeing and coordinates the Collegiate Recovery Community at UVM. She and her team of health educators strive to raise awareness around issues of college health and wellness issues, services and resources. She is also the Director of the Health and Wellness Residential Learning Community (HWRLC) at UVM. Amy has a B.A. degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware, and a Master's of Social Service Management from Bryn Mawr College.

  • Isla Awen Isla Awen

    Isla's primary position is at our Jacob's House location at the front desk. However, she can be seen frequently at our Redstone location as well. She has her Master's in Special Education and has been part of the CAPS team for over five years.

  • Keiba Bragg-Best Keiba Bragg-Best, MS

    Keiba is a per diem counselor at CAPS and works with the BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening & Intervention for College Students) program at Living Well. She earned her B.S. in Psychology at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania and her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Vermont. She is currently working toward licensure as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor. In her work with clients, Keiba is dedicated to seeing people holistically. She firmly believes that we all hold multiple identities that make up who we are—which can not be compartmentalized. She is dedicated to supporting students and a creating a safe space for all. Her professional interests include serving under-served/marginalized populations, diversity issues, women issues, college student development, identity development and trauma.

  • Cricket Braun, PsyD Cricket Braun, PsyD

    Cricket is a Senior Staff Psychologist at the Redstone office. Cricket received her undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University New England. She completed her Pre-doctoral Internship at CAPS and has worked in a variety of clinical settings including a juvenile rehabilitation center and residential settings for both adolescents and adults struggling with mental illness. While Cricket considers herself a generalist, her clinical interests include anxiety, depression, identity development, interpersonal effectiveness, trauma, and group psychotherapy.

  • Walter Brownsword, MA Walter Brownsword, MA

    Walter is a Senior Staff Psychologist at CAPS and earned his Master's in Counseling Psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School. He is a Licensed Psychologist-Master in Vermont and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Walter's areas of interest include graduate students, supervision and training, substance abuse, learning differences and disabilities, psychological trauma, and diversity and social justice. Prior to joining Counseling and Psychiatry Services, Walter worked with youth at risk, probationers/parolees, and domestic violence offenders.

  • Cara Chinchar, MS Cara Chinchar, MS

    Cara is a Senior Staff Counselor at CAPS Redstone. She has a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from UVM and dual in Visual Art and Psychology from Rutgers University. Cara is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Certified Apprentice Substance Abuse Counselor. She has worked with individuals on issues related to mental health and substance use in a variety of treatment settings. Her areas of interest include family systems and substance use, women and substance use, mindfulness, and developmental issues of college students.

  • Anne Clegg, MD Anne Clegg, MD

    Anne Clegg, M.D. is a clinical Staff Psychiatrist at Jacobs house. She is board-certified in Psychiatry. Her interests include anxiety disorders, mood disorders and the treatment of eating disorders. She serves on the UVM HOPE Team which provides integrated care for students with eating disorders. She attended UVM College of Medicine for medical school and completed her residency in Psychiatry and Family Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.

  • Paul Cotton, MD Paul Cotton, MD

    Dr. Cotton is a Psychiatrist at the CAPS Jacobs House. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Tufts University School of Medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in the specialty of Psychiatry and the subspecialty of Forensic Psychiatry, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Attending Physician at the University Of Vermont College Of Medicine.

  • Annie Cressey, MEd Annie Cressey, MEd

    A health educator, Annie advises the Active Minds student group and provides Mental Health and Life Skills Education and Training. Aside from Active Minds, her focus is on assessing, developing, and coordinating awareness programs on the intersections of eating disorders/disordered eating, body image, nutrition and fitness. She collaborates with students, staff and faculty to address the needs of the UVM community and promote safe, inclusive and supportive dialogue around health and wellness. Annie has an M. Ed from the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at UVM.

  • Beverly Davis, BA Beverly Davis, BA

    Beverly is the Office Manager of Counseling & Psychiatry Services and currently at the Redstone Campus office. She has worked at UVM for over 20 years, including previous positions in the Department of Social Work and in the Family Practice Department of the College of Medicine. She has enjoyed her work in the CAPS front office for the past 13 years. Bev earned her Bachelor Degree in Sociology with a Concentration in Social Work from the University of New Hampshire.

  • Derek George, MDiv, MSW Derek George, MDiv, MSW

    Derek is a Senior Staff Counselor at the Jacob's House. He received a Master's in Social Work from Rutgers University and a Master's in Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. Derek is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Derek enjoys working with students. His special interest areas include relationship issues, drug and alcohol use and abuse, substance-affected family experiences, and issues related to diversity. In addition to his clinical work, Derek serves as a liaison between CAPS and religious communities on campus.

  • Christine Germano, MS, LCMHC Christine Germano, MS, LCMHC

    Christine is the Urgent Care Coordinator for Counseling and Psychiatry Services. She works with students accessing CAPS services for the first time and provides crisis services for students in distress. Christine received her Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling at the University of Vermont and her undergraduate degree from Boston University. Prior to her work at CAPS, she spent several years in nonprofit administration, working with individuals making educational and life transitions. Areas of clinical interest for Christine include: anxiety, depression, mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, and wellness.

  • John Paul Grogan, MS, LCMHC John Paul Grogan, MS, LCMHC

    John Paul is a staff counselor and case manager at Counseling & Psychiatry Services at the Redstone Office. John Paul received his Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling at the University of Vermont and his undergraduate degree in history from Hendrix College. Prior to his work at the Counseling Center, he spent several years working in alternative education with young adults. John Paul is trained as a generalist but interest areas include identity development, LGBTQ concerns, relationships, family systems, academic issues, and substance use and abuse.

  • Mary Heininger Mary Heininger, MS, NCC

    Mary is a staff counselor at CAPS Jacob's House. Mary earned her MS in Mental Health and School Counseling at UVM. Mary is currently working towards dual licensure as a Clinical Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Prior to joining CAPS, she was a member of the Diversity and Equity Unit at UVM. Mary is trained as a generalist but interests include: racial and sexual identity development, anxiety and depression, drug and alcohol use and abuse, trauma and developmental issues of college students.

  • Jessica Ley, MA, MS, PsyD Jessica Ley, MA, MS, PsyD

    Jessica is the CAPS Assistant Director for Training and coordinator of the CAPS satellite office at Redstone. She is a Licensed Psychologist-Doctorate in Vermont and former Director of the Student Counseling Center at Green Mountain College. Her professional interests include the developmental challenges of college students, identity development, relationships, stress management, mindfulness-based interventions, the mind-body relationship, supervision and training, and the role of wilderness and other outdoors experiences in personal growth and healing. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Skidmore College, an M.A. in Physiological Psychology from the University of New Hampshire, and her M.S. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Pacific University.

  • Miv London, PhD Miriam "Miv" London, PhD

    Miv is a Senior Staff Psychologist at the Counseling and Psychiatry Services. Miv earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Yale, and her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Stanford. She has had a variety of positions prior to coming to UVM including staff psychologist at two psychiatric hospitals, a faculty member at Northern Arizona University, and Director of Adult Outpatient Services at Washington County Mental Health Services in Montpelier, VT. She enjoys helping UVM students from all walks of life. Her greatest interest is in the practice of mindfulness, and its application to address anxiety, depression, and other life difficulties. In 1999 she co-founded the UVM Mindfulness Practice Center (now the Mind-Body Wellness Program), and continues to be involved in its growth and development.

  • Martine Luntz, PsyD Martine Luntz, PsyD

    Martine is a Senior Staff Psychologist at CAPS Redstone, a coordinator of the Mind-Body Wellness Program and a licensed psychologist-doctorate in the state of Vermont. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Prior to joining the UVM CAPS staff, Martine worked at the counseling center at Appalachian State University and in a variety of clinical settings including a Sport Psychology Clinic. Martine is a generalist who is particularly interested in the mind/body connection, identity development, and LGBTQIQ issues.

  • Jennifer Hughes Phillips, MSW, LICSW Jennifer Hughes Phillips, MSW, LICSW

    Jennifer is a counselor for CAPS at the Jacobs House location. Jennifer is Licensed in Vermont as a Clinical Social Worker. She received her undergraduate and Master's degrees in Social Work from the University of Vermont. Prior to her work at CAPS, Jennifer was a Mental Health Counselor and Alcohol & Drug Educator at Champlain College. She has mental health & substance abuse treatment experience working with adolescents and young adults in a variety of treatment settings. Areas of clinical interest for Jennifer include: identity development, trauma, grief & loss, substance use & abuse, sexual violence, and healthy relationship development.

  • Alice Pollvogt Alice Pollvogt

    Bio coming.

  • Martha Racine Martha Racine

    Martha is the Administrative Assistant for the CAPS Outreach and Education Team in the Living Well at the Davis Center. Martha graduated from Champlain College with an Associates Degree in Business Management.

  • Laura Reilly, MA Laura Reilly, MA

    Laura is a per diem staff member at CAPS for the 2014-2015 academic year. She is working towards her doctorate from Kent State University and on becoming a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Vermont. Prior to coming to UVM, Laura trained in a variety of clinical and research settings, including the Kent State University Psychological Clinic and the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. Areas of clinical interest include: anxiety disorders, depression, adjustment disorders, health psychology, and psychological assessment. Laura specializes in delivering brief cognitive behavioral interventions and in acceptance and commitment therapy.

  • Mark Reck, PsyD Mark Reck, PsyD

    Mark is a Senior Staff Psychologist at CAPS and a licensed psychologist-doctorate in the state of Vermont. Mark earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Pacific University and his undergraduate degree in Psychology and Religion from the University of Rochester. He also has additional clinical training from the Gestalt Therapy Training Center-Northwest in Portland, Oregon. Before coming to UVM, Mark worked at the counseling centers at Portland State University, Reed College, New Mexico State University, and UMass Amherst. Among Mark's clinical interests are gestalt therapy; therapeutic uses of mindfulness and meditation; racial/ethnic diversity and identity development; issues of men and masculinity; psychodiagnostic and neuropsychological assessment; and psychotherapy philosophy, research, and practice.

  • Jeff Rettew, PhD Jeff Rettew, PhD

    Jeff is the assistant director of Living Well, the health education and outreach arm of the Center for Health and WellBeing. He is a graduate of Middlebury College where he majored in psychology, and went on to earn his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas. Jeff coordinates the Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) program at UVM. His interests and areas of expertise include positive psychology, mental health counseling, teaching, college student development, motivational interviewing, and substance use prevention/intervention. Jeff is also a member of Therapy Dogs of Vermont, along with his golden retriever, Tucker.

  • Jennifer Shasberger Jennifer Shasberger, MA

    Jennifer Shasberger 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.

  • Keith E. Smith, MS, LCMHC, NCC Keith E. Smith, MS, LCMHC, NCC

    Keith is the Men's Outreach Coordinator and a Senior Staff Counselor at CAPS. Since 2006 he has served in the role of Men's Outreach Coordinator (MOC). He has expertise as a men's counselor, and works with college men in numerous capacities and on many issues of masculinity, including sexual violence prevention. The position of MOC is innovative and unprecedented in a university setting in that it provides general counseling, clinical assessment, and referral and case management services specifically geared toward male students. It also provides advocacy, support and resources to men involved in judicial hearings, including alleged perpetrators of sexual and relationship violence. Keith also provides consultation, education, training, and programming to the UVM community on issues related to healthy masculine identity, violence prevention as well as assisting in coordination of the campus-wide response to violence. Among the programs implemented by Keith are the Men's Awareness Week, and Mentors in Violence Prevention, a leadership training program geared primarily toward student leaders. Keith can be reached at the Counseling & Psychiatry Services, 802.656.3340, or

  • Kelly Thorne, PsyD Kelly Thorne, PsyD

    Kelly is the CAPS Assistant Director for Prevention & Community-Based Services, and is a Licensed Psychologist in Vermont. She 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 abuse on college campuses, sport psychology, couples therapy, and wellness.

  • Michael Upton, MD Michael Upton, MD

    Dr. Upton is a CAPS Staff Psychiatrist who has worked at the Center for Health and Wellbeing at UVM since 2004. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College where he majored in comparative religion. After teaching French for 2 years he returned to school at UVM and graduated in 1994 from the College of Medicine. He completed his psychiatric residency at Dartmouth and returned to Burlington to begin his practice 1998. He is a native Vermonter whose family includes 4 generations of UVM graduates. His clinical interests include diagnostic evaluation, medication management and brief psychotherapy models. He has worked in a number of settings including inpatient psychiatry, substance abuse treatment centers and community mental health.

  • Todd Weinman, PsyD Todd Weinman, PsyD

    Todd is the Director of UVM's Counseling and Psychiatry Services. He is dedicated to creating a safe, welcoming environment for all students who visit CAPS, an environment that breaks down barriers for students who may otherwise be hesitant to seek professional help. In addition to extensive experience working directly with college students, Todd has many years experience in counseling center administration and leadership. Todd received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Widener University and his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia. Prior to coming to UVM, he worked as the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at Montclair State University. Todd's professional interests include training and supervision, diversity, brief counseling approaches, and Positive Psychology.

Our 2014-2015 Counseling Interns

  • Tara Bubriski Tara Bubriski

    Originally from Southern Vermont,Tara completed her undergraduate degree in Humanities at Scripps College in Southern California and is currently working on her Masters from the University of Vermont Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. Tara’s clinical experience includes work with under-served children and adolescents in community centers and schools in Vermont, California, as well as international settings. Tara is particularly interested in diversity issues, mindfulness, the use of creative arts as a tool for identity development, trauma, grief, the mind-body connecting/body acceptance, and group work.Tara is committed to meeting people in their strength, resiliency, and potential.

  • Amy Curtis Amy Curtis

    Amy is a CAPS intern and pursuing a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology at Saint Michael's College. Prior to joining the CAPS team, Amy managed research projects that measured and analyzed consumer behavior. Most recently, she trained at an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and provided clinical, crisis and case management services to people with a variety of challenges. Her interests include human development and the developmental challenges of college students, depression, substance abuse, couples and family therapy and psychoanalytic theory.

  • Courtney Foley Courtney Foley

    Originally from Maine, Courtney graduated from Union College, in Schenectady, NY, with a B.S. in Psychology; she is currently pursuing her Master’s degree(s) in both School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling at UVM. Courtney moved to Burlington on a whim, and spent her pre-grad-school years working with children who face various social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties at the Howard Center Baird School. She is very excited to work with college students, and hopes to create a space where students feel they can communicate openly and honestly about the struggles they face. In her spare time, Courtney enjoys running (outside), playing yard games, and hanging out with her cat, Pistachio.

  • Sienna Fontaine Sienna Fontaine

    Sienna joins CAPS as a University of Vermont Masters of Social Work graduate student. She is a native Vermonter who received her undergraduate degree from UVM in Education. After a couple of years of teaching high school art classes, Sienna earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College with a focus on the formation of identity through ecology, artistic process, and healing methodologies. Her passion for healing and her constant curiosity of the military led her to enlist in 2013. She is currently in Officer Candidate School, working her way towards commissioning with the goal of working in the medical branch to offer clinical counseling and social work services for military personnel. Her experience varies from a recent ongoing research position addressing trauma and the recidivism rates of Vermont's elderly male prison population, towards her past internship at the Committee on Temporary Shelter with families at risk of homelessness, and her love of artistic practice. She is devoted towards a holistic approach towards wellness and recovery within vulnerable systems (such as the military, criminal justice system, and college student populations). She utilizes a narrative approach and Motivational Interviewing with a focus on empowering patients.

  • Ariel Goodman Ariel Goodman

    Ariel is a graduate student at Johnson State College where she is pursuing a Master’s degree in Counseling. After obtaining her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ariel spent the last six years in the corporate world as an assessment specialist and executive coach. Her to approach to counseling is client-centered, strengths-based and informed by existential philosophy, emphasizing the importance of creating meaning in one’s life and fully experiencing the power of the present moment. Ariel is also a certified yoga instructor who is passionate about exploring movement and mindfulness with people who may be looking to feel more at ease in their bodies and lives in general.

  • Sarah Grant Sarah Grant

    Sarah is an intern and current graduate student from the University of Vermont Counseling Program. She has spent the last four years working with Vermont's youth and families with a focus on understanding and treating trauma. She is committed to working with students in higher education and believes that this time is an opportunity for great self-exploration, self-awareness and growth. Her clinical interests include wellness, grief and loss, developmental/identity issues for college students, mindfulness-based practice, trauma and utilizing artistic expression in the healing process. She also loves seeing live music whenever possible and enjoys cooking up a storm in her free time.

  • Simrat Peltier Simrat Peltier

    Simrat is working towards earning her dual masters in Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling from the University of Vermont. She has spent the previous two years supporting the academic, career, social, and emotional needs of students as an advisor/student services specialist at the university. Simrat has a special interest in developmental issues for college students, body image, mindfulness, identity development, learning differences and disabilities, and diversity and social justice.

  • Sara Pomerantz Sara Pomerantz

    Sara joins CAPS as a graduate student with UVM’s Counseling Program. She received her BS from UVM in Elementary Education with a major concentration in Psychology. Sara enjoyed several years of classroom teaching prior to returning to her studies. She currently serves on the board of directors for Hannah’s House, a non-profit psychotherapy center located in Waitsfield, VT, where she recently co-captained a fundraising event that raised over 50,000 to help support operational costs, outreach and education, and financial assistance for clients. Sara is interested in identity development and issues of diversity, how early attachment influences patterns of relating, and the mind-body connection. She operates from a strengths based perspective, always viewing the individual within the unique context of their family and culture. In her free time Sara enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, reading, sailing on Lake Champlain and backcountry skiing.

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