Emma is Program Support Generalist for the Child Welfare Training Program in Social Work. She graduated from URI with a B.A. in Communication Studies and from Capella University with a M.S. in Psychology. When not at work, you can find her traveling or enjoying the Vermont outdoors (especially the snowy outdoors) with her family.
As the Social Work Business Manager, Kate is the point of contact for personnel and finance matters. She also provides support to Trainees in the Child Welfare Degree Program.
Ken is the staff support person for the Department of Social Work, assisting with both the BSW and MSW programs, MSW Admissions, the Field program, faculty support and the Social Work webpage.
Janet is a training coordinator with the Vermont Child Welfare Training Partnership. In this capacity, she works with a team,Family Services staff and community partners across the state to offer training and support to foster/kin/adoptive families. When not at work, Janet is busy with a large family of nine and three grand-dogs! Janet has a BSW from UVM and a MEd from Suffolk University in Adult Education and Training and lots of work experience in her old age. :)
Jolene Blanchard is the Northwest Region's Family Resources Consultant for the Vermont I-Team and the Vermont Sensory Access Project. She has 23 years experience parenting a daughter who had deaf blindness and high tech medical needs. Through her work with the I-Team and VSAP, Jolene assists and encourages families to explore resources that will provide information, support, and enhance families' quality of life.
Pam oversees all financial, budgetary, and human resource activities for the College. With Dean Scott Thomas, she provides leadership in the strategic planning process and monitors all search processes for the College. Pam received her MBA from Marshall University. She lives in Underhill Center.
Chris is back in the CESS Dean's Office as its Office/Program Support Generalist. Her UVM tenure also includes stints supporting Assessment & Accreditation, and the Elementary Ed, Phys Ed, and EdD programs. The other half of her life she spends in the theatre mostly acting, but also writing, directing, and teaching. Postcards for her latest theatrical endeavor are on her desk right now. Come by for one! In her spare time, she picks the banjo, plays a little pinball, and sometimes completes (but doesn't really compete in) triathlons.
Kelly is Assistant to the Dean. In this capacity, she is the primary contact for the Dean while handling her calendar, travel arrangements, and meeting preparations. Kelly also oversees the processing of faculty RPT and sabbatical materials, course changes, college calendars, meeting minutes and agendas, college committee membership including working with the Executive Committee, and special event planning. Kelly serves on the University Benefits Advisory Council (UBAC), the CESS Staff Advisory Council (SAC), and is the founding leader of the UVM Dean's Assistants group. She is a past representative to the University Staff Council. Kelly's interests are mostly physical pursuits such as crossfit, running, tennis, and skiing (Nordic and Alpine). She participated in her first ever Crossfit Open in 2014 and competed in her first Spartan Sprint Fall 2014. She also plays Mah Jongg.
Joe provides technical support for all faculty and staff; supervision of workstudy students in the College of Education and Social Services lab; and Shared Drive permissions.
Rachel serves as the Business Manager for the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion she is also the data coordinator of the National Information Reporting System (NIRS) for the Association of University Centers on Disabilities for Vermont. She served on the CESS Staff Advisory Council from 2011-2014 and serves on the CDCI Leadership Committee. Rachel graduated with a bachelor's degree in Business Management and English Literature from Emmanuel College in Boston, MA in 2009. Rachel received her M.A. in English Literature from UVM in 2017.
John Downes is associate director of the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education at the University of Vermont. He joined UVM's middle level education program as a doctoral research fellow in 2006. In that capacity he was primary researcher on several grants and evaluations, including a 1:1 laptop initiative to re-engage middle level learners; a project to improve young adolescents' postsecondary prospects; and a state-wide initiative to bring students and their voices into collaborative school change. His current research explores student participation in teacher professional development. He previously spent ten years working with teachers to design and facilitate curriculum reform and professional development in Vermont middle schools, focusing on technology integration, student-led curriculum, collaborative teacher learning, and implementation of Turning Points reforms.
Margie Dunki-Jacobs is the Administrative Assistant in the Department of Leadership & Developmental Sciences, supporting HESA, Higher Education & Student Affairs, HDFS, Human Development & Family Studies, and IDS, Interdisciplinary Studies. Having a love working with graduate programs, Margie spent six years as staff in Middle Level & Secondary Education in the Department of Education. Still in the College of Education & Social Services, Margie has found that all faculty and staff are her family. Privileged and honored to work with extraordinary faculty and staff at UVM, one of the best educational institutions in the country, it allows her to thrive with her interactions with the undergraduate and graduate students. The energy and enthusiasm that the students exude is contagious and keeps Margie feeling young and energized herself in a exemplary and cutting-edge learning environment. When not at UVM, you'll find her with her two UVM alum daughters, her husband and/or two dogs.
Jason comes to UVM with a wealth of experience in grants and contracts management having previously worked at the University of Virginia, Dartmouth College and the State of Vermont in similar capacities. Jason is currently responsible for overseeing activities related to the Social Work department’s grant funding as it relates to compliance, financial accounting, budgeting, reporting, reconciliation and human resources. Jason is also responsible for building and managing relationships with the grants’ funding sponsors as well as other key departments at UVM through effective communication and planning. Jason graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing in 1990.
Leslie manages the Assistive Technology Tryout Center at CDCI through a grant from the VATP. Core services include providing information regarding AT devices, services, and funding by phone, by email, to walk-in visitors, and on our website; demonstrating specific AT devices or software for the purpose of assisting consumers in making informed decisions about AT; making short-term equipment loans of up to 30 days to allow consumers to try out and evaluate AT devices; providing informational displays and equipment demos for outreach events such as support group meetings, professional meetings, conferences and exhibitions; and organizing instructional events and presentations for a specific purpose or audience, designed to increase participants' knowledge, skills, and competencies regarding AT. Leslie graduated with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Champlain College in 2006 and received her "Assistive Technology Professional" Certification through RESNA in 2015.
Jean works in the CESS Dean's Office as a Business Manager with responsibilities to include monitoring the college budgets and processing the human resource functions for faculty and staff within the college and specifically The Department of Leadership & Developmental Sciences. She and her husband live in Shelburne and have two boys, one at CVU and one at UVM on the Men's Soccer Team. They love to ski, golf and play lots of sports.
Katy Farber Ed.D. is professional development coordinator at the University of Vermont, Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education. She currently partners with teachers to help them personalize learning, engage students, and participate in action research. She is the author of three books about education: Why Great Teachers Quit and How We Can Stop the Exodus (Corwin Press, 2010); Change the World with Service Learning (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011); Real and Relevant: a guide to service and project-based learning, 2nd edition (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017), and several chapters and articles, including Current Issues in Middle Level Education; Exploring the Impact of the Dissertation in Practice (2017); and The Handbook of Research in Middle Level Education. Katy was a classroom teacher for 17 years and regularly presents at state and national conferences.
Donna Gillen works as a Family Resources Consultant for the VT I-Team and VT I-Team Early Intervention Project in Southern VT. Donna assists families and school teams navigating the complexities of the special education process, services and supports for people with intellectual disabilities. Donna has worked in the family support field for over 20 years and has personal experience navigating systems and supports for a family member.
Doug Gilman joined the College of Education and Social Services Dean's Office in 2014. He is responsible for responsible for the design, coordination and implementation of communications strategies. Doug has over 20 years of experience in program leadership, management, education, communications, human resources, financial administration, non-profit management, fundraising, and community partnerships. He served as the State Director of Starbase Vermont for 18 years, leading an innovative hands-on education program designed to increase student interest, knowledge and skills in science, technology, engineering and math. During his tenure as Director, the program expanded throughout the state to serve over 22,000 students and 200 teachers from 70 schools in 32 districts. Doug is also a retired veteran with over 20 years of military service in the Air Force and Air National Guard.
Audrey Homan is the digital media producer and strategist for the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education. She oversees their website and blog, and produces the 21st Century Classroom podcast, and their VTX video series. She holds a BA and an MA in Linguistics from the University of California, Davis.
Gillian Homsted is an Enrollment Management Professional in the College of Education and Social Services. She assists students with any academic concerns or transfer issues, advises undeclared students, aligns the CATS reports, and helps ensure the wonderful students of CESS stay on track for a timely graduation. When not at work, Gillian can be found playing with, or tidying up after, her two amazing children.
Emily is a Professional Development Coordinator with the Tarrant Institute for Education. Emily joined the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education as a Professional Development Coordinator after nearly two decades working as an educator, including five years as a sixth-grade teacher, and three years as the Curriculum Specialist at Shelburne Farms. While at Shelburne Farms, Emily co-wrote Cultivating Joy & Wonder, an early childhood curriculum guide to educating for sustainability. Emily is a national certified facilitator for The Origins Program's Developmental Designs workshops, and served as a Visiting Lecturer in Education Studies at Middlebury College where she taught community-connected courses on elementary methods and Education for Sustainability. Emily holds a B.Sc in Geography from the University of Victoria, in BC, Canada, and an M.Ed in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Meghan “MJ” Jaird is a Student Services Coordinator in the College of Education and Social Services. She serves as the first point of contact for stakeholder and performs administrative, project coordination, student advising, enrollment management, presentation, research and data tracking roles for the Student Services Office. When not at work, MJ can be found running, hiking, baking, or playing with her lovable black lab, Stella.
Jennifer is Team Lead for the Kin, Foster and Adoptive Families (KFAF) training team with the Vermont Child Welfare Training Partnership (CWTP) at UVM. In her role, she oversees an evidence and competency based training curriculum for foster, kin and adoptive caregivers across the state and provides support to the KFAF Training Coordinators. Prior to joining CWTP, Jennifer obtained both clinical and child welfare experience through her time as a Director of Treatment Services for a child abuse prevention and treatment agency, an outpatient therapist, a therapeutic residential center therapist and Membership Director for the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence. A Licensed Independent and Clinical Social Worker, Jennifer obtained her BSW at Ball State University and her MSW at Indiana University. She is a Certified Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) therapist and trainer, and Certified Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) therapist.
Valerie Leclair is the I-Team Referral Specialist. She has a BA in Elementary education with a concentration in studio art. She currently holds a K-6 VT State Teaching License. For over ten years Valerie has worked in classrooms supporting children of all abilities.
Life has worked in various roles in K-12 education, including classroom teacher, assistant principal, math department head, state agency administrator, and school board teacher representative. His doctoral dissertation focused on the impact of math teachers’ knowledge on the growth of their students. He believes in teacher leadership, student empowerment, and challenging the status quo.
I Team's Family Resources Consultant in The Northeast Region
Rachel Mark works as a Professional Development Coordinator in the southern part of Vermont for the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education. Prior to working with TIIE, Rachel was a middle school literacy and social studies teacher at Manchester Elementary-Middle School. As a teacher, Rachel loved exploring questions and methods with inquisitive young adolescents. She thinks middle schools are the most dynamic learning centers in the state. Rachel is passionate about supporting teachers and helping them overcome obstacles; it’s her mission to break down the barriers that teachers face in implementing change. She is currently working towards her Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at UVM. Rachel is curious about effective teacher professional development, leadership for 21st century schools, and the outcomes of project-based learning. When she is not reading, researching and supporting teachers, Rachel loves to play. She balances her life shuttling three busy kid
Robin works as program support for the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education. Her role includes assisting with overseeing the budget, communicating with partner educators to process grants, equipment lending, and conducting other administrative tasks.
Jeanne is the Dissemination Coordinator at the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion (CDCI), Vermont's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Education, Research, and Service. She holds her BA in English from Saint Michael's College and her MA in English from UVM. Jeanne maintains CDCI's website, social media outlets, and creates and disseminates publications on behalf of CDCI and the programs housed within it. Prior to this position, Jeanne served as CDCI's Executive Director's Assistant.
Kim supports the faculty and students of the Elementary Education and Physical Education programs. Her office is 530 in the 533 Waterman hallway. The best part of her job is assisting students! Kim lives in Essex Junction with her husband, Dan -- and occasionally one or two of her four children. She has seven grandchildren and one wonderful dog! Life is good!
Karen Orr is the Assistant to the Chair and to the Director of Teacher Education for the Department of Education at UVM. Please contact her for general Department of Education questions.
Jeanie Phillips is a former school librarian and a Professional Development Coordinator for the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education. A 2014 Rowland Fellow, she is passionate about student engagement, equity, collaboration, and questions. Jeanie is a National Facilitator of Collaborative Practices and affiliate of the School Reform Initiative.
Deidra K. Razzaque is a Training Coordinator with the Vermont Child Welfare Training Partnership. In this role, Deidra works primarily on kinship, foster, and adoptive family training. She also oversees The Voices at the Table blog, and is on the board of Vermont Kin as Parents (VKAP). Deidra has worked to better the lives of children, youth, and families in the US and abroad. Her work with diverse organizations, including the Community College of Vermont (CCV), The Monteverde Friends School, The US Peace Corps, and The Association of International Educators, has focused on intercultural education, creativity and the arts, personal and community growth, and resiliency.
Dee has worked with the Campus Children's School since its inception in 1990 and taught in the Early Childhood Program for the past 25 years. She is keenly interested in how the process of documenting children's interests affects the quality of preservice teacher education, teacher's practice in the classroom, the development of curriculum, relationships with parents, and advocating for children as competent members of their communities. Dee is interested in how the study of other disciplines can support the thinking of early childhood educators, particularly as they engage in conversations around children's explorations. She has presented nationally and internationally, and written about the research that teachers have engaged in at the Campus Children's School. Dee continues to work with CCS teachers as Pedagogical Director, and faculty supervisor of the student teachers in their classrooms.
Tiffanie Spencer is an Enrollment Management Professional in the College of Education and Social Services. She assists with expanding student diversity recruitment and retention, social justice engagement, and student advising and mentoring. When not at work, Tiffanie can be found reading a book or putting together a Lego set.
Roman works closely with the Dean's Office, chairs and graduate program coordinators on the administrative aspects of new graduate program initiatives, including marketing and implementation of new/revised graduate programs. Additionally, he plays a key role in outreach and recruitment of new graduate students, oversight of admissions processes, and supervision of the operational aspects of student registration, retention, and progress to graduation. He also serves as a liaison to the Graduate College, Business Office, Office of Student and Academic Affairs, and graduate program administrative staff, ensuring communication and consistent implementation of all related graduate program policies and procedures.
Roman has been at UVM for since 2004, and can be found in room 454 Waterman. He has an MEd in Secondary Education, three spectacular children, and has driven a Zamboni.
Sarah Ward, LICSW, Associate Director of the Vermont Child Welfare Training Partnership, earned her Bachelors of Arts at Russell Sage College in 1989 and her Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, George Warren Brown School of Social Work in 1993. Sarah worked as an outreach professional for CWTP for 17 years, providing training and consultation to the state's Department for Children & Families. Currently she manages the Child Welfare Training Partnership with VT DCF providing oversight to the Family Services workforce development training program as well as the Kinship, Foster & Adoption Caregiver training program.
Erin provides program support for Middle Level and Secondary Education.
Tammy works supporting families referred to the I-Team, Early Intervention I-Team and The Vermont Sensory Access Project. She is passionate about educational access for all types of learners and meaningful life experiences for children with disabilities from birth through adulthood. She received her BS from University of Vermont, and has enjoyed coaching through the Special Olympics Vermont program for more than 10 years.