Simone Rueschemeyer

Executive Director, Vermont Care
Network/Vermont Care Partners

Simone has served as Executive Director of Vermont Care Network since 2012. She oversees the operations with a focus on innovation and the future health of the network agencies. Simone has worked in the health and mental health care fields for over 30 years to improve access to care and the quality of care for vulnerable populations. Prior to joining VCN as a Project Manager in 2010, Simone worked as an independent consultant, State Affairs Manager for Bi-State Primary Care Association and as a member of the Clinton Administration’s Health Care Task Force in both the White House Office of Policy Development and the Office of Communication. Simone received her MS in Evaluative Clinical Sciences from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.

Julie Tessler

Executive Director, Vermont Council of Developmental and Mental Health Services/Vermont Care Partners

Julie has served as the Executive Director of the Vermont Council since 1996 working with member agencies to advocate for people with developmental, substance abuse and mental health service needs. She supports policy and program development by serving as a liaison to state government and representing the system of care in the legislature. She researches the challenges facing our system of care and works to strengthen it in collaboration with our community and state health and human services partners and advocates. With a Master’s degree in social work, Julie has direct experience serving individuals with mental health and health conditions, people experiencing homelessness, youth and elders. She is an experienced human service program manager and public administrator.

Cath Burns

Quality Director

Cath Burns has served as the Quality Director for VCP since 2015 supporting quality improvement efforts and methodologies across the VCP Network that are coordinated with State partner activities. Cath is a Licensed Psychologist Doctorate and prior to VCP has worked in the Vermont Designated Agency system since 1997 in a variety of clinical and leadership roles. Cath has experience providing clinical care to children and families in integrated care settings, schools, homes and in the community. She also extensive experience with program evaluation and outcomes work that is closely linked to clinical practice.

Dillon Burns

Mental Health Services Director

Dillon has served as Mental Health Services Director since 2016, providing statewide support to the directors of Adult Outpatient, Children and Families, Emergency Services, Crisis Bed Services and CRT programs. She provides data, program, and policy analysis represents Vermont Care Partners in various forums with state and advocacy partners and acts as primary liaison with the Department of Mental Health. A licensed social worker with a degree from UVM’s graduate program in Social Work, Dillon previously worked at Washington County Mental Health as an Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Clinician and as Coordinator of the Children’s Navigation Program.

Erin Campos

Administrative Director

Erin has been with the VT Council since 2007 and has an extensive background in Office Management. She is the organization’s primary liaison to the Human Resource Directors. She conducts all of the Council’s: human resource duties including insurances and retirement accounts; in-house information technology; and meeting organization and scheduling; in addition to many other administrative responsibilities. She also handles the accounting and financial reporting for VCN; Erin is working towards her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Lynne Cleveland Vitzthum

Developmental Disability Services Director

Lynne Cleveland Vitzthum joined Vermont Care Partners as the Director of Developmental Disability Services in 2017. She provides programmatic and policy support to the directors of Developmental Services and is their liaison to the Department of Aging and Independent Living. Lynne has extensive knowledge and experience in the field developmental disabilities and has served as a Vermont State Representative, field representative for U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, Project Director for the VT Assistive Technology Project, chair of the board of the National Association of Tech Act Projects, and is the parent of a son with developmental disabilities. She has also worked as a lobbyist in Vermont, representing groups such as the Vermont Center for Independent Living, the Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights and the Vermont Parent Child Center Coalition.

Ken Gingras

Health Information Technology Director

Ken is a native Vermonter and graduate of St. Michael’s College in Winooski, VT. He has worked in information technology since the early 1990’s. Most recently Ken spent nearly 12 years as the Technology Manager for Northwestern Counseling and Support Services in St. Albans, VT. While there, Ken was responsible for leading the technology team in growing and supporting all aspects of the agency’s technology. Ken also played a central role in the implementation of the electronic medical record at NCSS. He has been with the VCN team since August of 2014.