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Will Eberle, Executive Director

Will Eberle, MPA (he him), a person in co-curing recovery, is the Executive Director of Recovery Vermont and the Vermont Association of Mental Health and Addiction Recovery. Will has overcome trauma, poverty, unemployment, homelessness, mental health crises, and addiction. He models neuroplasticity and resilience in his life and work.

In this role, Will is honored to have the opportunity to grow and support the state-wide network of partners that provide tools for all Vermonters to enjoy recovery, health, and happiness. He anchors his own recovery in trail-running, knitting, music, and human connection. Will is a collaborative leader who is deeply committed to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. He has made reducing the tragic, untimely, deaths of dearly loved Vermonters from suicide, overdose, and social isolation a top priority of his tenure.

Will supports all paths to recovery. He believes recovery is possible for everyone, no matter what they have been through, so long as we extend judgement-free compassion and empathy to people living with trauma, mental health and substance use challenges and provide a rich and diverse array of recovery resources and options to all Vermonters.

Lisa Lord

Lisa Lord, Director of Operations and Workforce Development

Lisa Lord (she, her) is the Director of Workforce Programs at Recovery Vermont.  Her work is focused on creating a state-wide network of Recovery Friendly Workplaces and supporting Vermont’s Recovery Coaches and the life-changing work they do as they gain and maintain their nationally and internationally reciprocal certification.  She is inspired daily by the transformative nature of recovery and how transferable the skills learned through a recovery journey are to the workplace.

Tiffanie Katsuva

Tiffanie Katsuva, Rural Recovery Grant Director

Tiffanie Katsuva (she, her) was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She moved to VT a couple of years ago with her mom and sisters. Tiffanie attended Burlington High School and earned her bachelor’s degree at Saint Michael’s College. As the Rural Recovery Grant Manager, Tiffanie is in charge of leading community listening sessions to better understand the needs of our rural communities in Vermont.

Will Roberts

Will Roberts, Director of Training

Will Roberts (he, they) comes to VAMHAR with 20 plus years experience as a trainer and facilitator in a wide variety of fields. Their knowledge of adult learning theory and proficiency in training development, design, and content delivery support the creation and execution of top notch trainings. Will brings with them excellence in communication, compassion and deep listening skills.

Drusilla Roessle

Drusilla Roessle, Director of Organizational Development

Dru (she/her) brings experience facilitating organizational planning and collaboration with government, nonprofits, and community groups in a way that cultivates creativity and trust. As the Chief Operations Officer, she ensures our work is aligned with our principles, enriches the experiences of our partners and networks, and is responsive to the changing experiences and insights of Vermonters in recovery so that we can feel our collective impact over time.

Martina Anderson, Director of Communications

Martina (she/they) is a harm reductionist and social justice advocate at heart. She believes in all humans – in their potential, and as they are. She is dedicated to the rights of those our patriarchal culture has marked as disposable and fosters radical care for all beings. Martina loves to create safer spaces for those who have no one else to listen, and then amplifying these voices from the ground up. Fostering connections between communities – even those with profoundly disparate belief structures – has allowed her to build collaborations that might have previously seemed improbable.

 

Steve Corliss, Beyond Bars Peer Mentor

Steve Corliss (He/Him), a native Vermonter in co-curing recovery is a Peer Mentor at Recovery Vermont working through our Beyond Bars program. Steve has many years in lived experience and continues to navigate recovery through his many beloved outlets such as being a four year member of the Mexicali co-ed soccer league, strength training, snowboarding, hiking, coaching, writing and the building trades. He enjoys spending time with his family and spouse and raising their children in beautiful rural Vermont.

Steve has overcome obstacles in homelessness, incarceration, addiction and mental health. He finds that these challenges have played a pivotal role in his worldview perspective and drives his passion to be with others working through challenges of their own. Through his work he finds multitudes of opportunity for growth, compassion and knowledge that he is able to share within the community both professionally, personally and with his peers.

 

Mac Parker, Beyond Bars Peer Mentor

Mac (he, him) was born on a farm in the Northeast Kingdom. He has worked as a farmer, teacher, carpenter, counselor, performance storyteller, and filmmaker.

In the Beyond Bars program, he is grateful for the opportunity to work with people making the transition from prison back into our Vermont community, as he did in 2017.

Free Cross, Beyond Bars Peer Mentor

Free is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He grew up in the most incarcerated zip code in America in a neighborhood that struggled with extreme violence. Free has overcome incarceration, violence, trauma and addiction in an effort to turn his lived experience into a useful tool to help others struggling with the same obstacles. His main focus is supporting others on their journeys of growth and change. Trauma doesn’t have to be cyclical.

 

 

Brittany Karkut, VADIC Coordinator

Brittany began managing VADIC in 2015. Prior to this, she served on our Board of Trustees. Her background is in Marketing and Communications with a Bachelors degree from Champlain College. Through VADIC, Brittany is able to provide free information and resources to all Vermonters and our Partners all across Vermont. VADIC is Supported by a Grant from the Vermont Department of Health, Division of Substance Use Programs.

VAMHAR Board of Trustees

Havah Walther, MA, CSS, GAL

Board President

Havah Walther is the Co-Founder and Director of a non-profit consulting group and bringing experience in organizational growth and sustainability. Motivated by mission-driven work, she draws from her background in human services and advocacy to support nonprofit organizations in their capacity planning and implementation. As a longtime advocate for vulnerable families in Vermont, Havah is dedicated to the work of VAMHAR and the ongoing pursuit of building resiliency and reducing harm in our communities.

Umesh Acharya, BS

Board Vice President

Bio Coming Soon!

Mary Moulton, MPAP

Board Treasurer

Mary Moulton has served as the executive director of Washington County Mental Health Services since 2013. Ms. Moulton began her career at Washington County Mental Health in 1990 as an emergency services clinician on the mobile crisis team. She became director of intensive care services in 2005 and chief of operations in 2010 when she worked with multiple programs throughout the agency.

Following the destruction caused by Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011, Mary was granted a leave by the Board of Directors to serve at the request of the State of Vermont as the deputy commissioner, and then commissioner of the Department of Mental Health. Her primary directive was to work with teams in all designated agencies to implement Act 79, also known as Vermont’s mental health reform act. As part of that reform, Mary was instrumental in developing law enforcement and crisis team training and remains actively involved in the continuing development of Team Two mental health response training today.

She has also been the coordinator of Vermont’s Behavioral Health Disaster Response Team, training 500 responders and creating a system for behavioral health response in the event of disaster. Mary received her master’s degree in public administration from Norwich University in 2011 and currently resides in Moretown, Vermont.

Heather Wenzel

Board Trustee

Heather Wenzel (she/her) is a credentialed leadership coach and is passionate about creating workplace cultures that matter. For over two decades, Heather has supported teams providing services to the most vulnerable in Upstate New York. In Heather’s current role, she is responsible for SaVida Health’s operations in the North East, including 9 centers in Vermont offering outpatient medication assisted treatment and behavioral health services. Heather is focused on improving rural health outcomes through workforce development and convenient, low barrier service delivery.

 

Bethany Thibault, MBA

Board Trustee

Bethany has 20 years’ combined leadership and professional experience in the field of human behavior focused on helping individuals in marginalized populations recovering from mental health crises, addiction, poverty, and generational trauma. Most recently, serving as the regional Director of Operations and Administration for Phoenix House New England’s Vermont RISE Programs until August 2021, when she enrolled in the University of Vermont’s Sustainable Innovation MBA Program at the Grossman School of Business, and obtained her MBA in 2022. Bethany believes that all humans deserve equal opportunity to flourish, and she is passionate about inspiring and facilitating systemic change, particularly in the areas of Social Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging.

In addition to her various professional roles and educational opportunities, the biggest teacher and privilege of Bethany’s life has been mothering her 3 boys, who have been the most consistent and profound source of joy, love, adventure, and personal growth! Some of her other passions include yoga, meditation, weight lifting, reading, astrology, and binge-watching Ted Lasso.

Jae Basiliere, Ph.D.

Board Trustee

Dr. Jae Basiliere is an abolitionist educator and justice advocate. They received their Ph.D. in Gender Studies from Indiana University, and began their career as a professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Since moving back to Vermont in 2021, Jae has worked for the Vermont State Colleges System as a faculty trainer, Chief Diversity Officer, and faculty of inclusive education. In those capacities, Jae dedicated their time and energy towards working to make the VSCS a safe and inclusive learning and working environment for all students, faculty, and staff. In their free time, Jae enjoys spending time outdoors in our beautiful state, playing tabletop and video games, and laughing as loud as possible.

Pam McCarthy, M.Ed.

Board Trustee

Pam McCarthy (she/her) is a caring community member, parent of four and grandparent of five whose lived experience has been foundational to her career in human services in Vermont. She brings considerable knowledge of program and organizational development, fundraising and outreach, policy development and advocacy, coalition building, and collective impact initiatives. A “relentless optimist,” Pam believes that everyone has strengths, gifts and abilities that contribute to the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities, and that systems need to cultivate these assets by connecting with people in truly meaningful ways.

Paul Dragon

Board Trustee

Paul Dragon is the Executive Director of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity. Over the past 15 years, Paul has worked at the Vermont Agency of Human Services in several roles, including the Deputy Secretary for the Agency and Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity. As the Director of the Healthcare for the Homeless Program in Burlington, he led the development of the Safe Harbor Clinic and the Pearl Street Clinic. Paul is a former Peace Corps volunteer working in Mali, West Africa. Paul received his Doctorate Degree in Education from the University of Vermont where he received the Herman B. Meyers Excellence in Doctoral Policy Research Award. Paul lives with his family in Underhill, Vermont.