VCP Network Staff
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.
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 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.
Mental Health Services Director
Dillon has served as Mental Health Services Director at Vermont Care Partner 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 and 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 2010 master’s 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. In addition to her work at Vermont Care Partners, Dillon currently carries a small caseload in private practice.
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.
Developmental Disability Services Director
Marie has served as Developmental Disabilities Services Director since July 2021, proving statewide support to the directors of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities programs in the Vermont Designated Agency and Specialized Services Agency network. She provides advocacy, program and policy analysis and represents Vermont Care Partners in various forums with state partners.
Marie previously worked at Champlain Community Services as a Service Coordinator and developed their Virtual Activities program during the COVID closure of in-person services. She also worked at Tetra Tech, a global development firm, managing travel, security, data systems, Duty of Care and emergency response protocols, as well as a member of the Equity Council and Prevention of Sexual Exploitation groups. She also has direct service and case management experience from I/DD and refugee resettlement agencies in Connecticut and Vermont. Marie has also grassroots volunteer experience with Women’s March and other social justice and animal care efforts.
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.
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