Simone Rueschemeyer

Simone Rueschemeyer

Executive Director, Vermont Care Partners

Simone Rueschemeyer is Executive Director of VCP. In this position she provides vision and strategy across the organizations leveraging strategic partnerships and external opportunities. Simone has worked in the fields of health and health care for more than thirty years. In the early nineties, she served in the Clinton Administration as a member of the Health Care Task Force in the White House offices of Policy Development and Communication. Simone remained in Washington, DC to work for The Rendon Group as a strategic health care communications consultant for foreign governments.
 
With an eye toward improving inequities that exist around access to, and the quality of, services and supports, Simone returned to Vermont to receive her Master of Science in Evaluative Clinical Sciences from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. Simone continued her focus on improving inequitable access to care as the Vermont State Affairs Manager for Bi-State Primary Care Association and as a consultant specializing in health care and homelessness providing consultation to organizations and state governments on operations, policy, and influence. In 2010, Simone joined VCP where she continues to be dedicated to the provision of community-based services and supports enabling all people to thrive in their communities.

Amy Johnson

Government Affairs & Communications Director

Amy Johnson has worked for 25 years in the field of human services, both domestically and internationally, developing and implementing programs and advocating on behalf of systems that support individuals and families. Originally from Michigan, Amy started her career in community mental health in Detroit and has been dedicated to advocacy efforts that improve the health and wellbeing of children, families, and adults since the onset of her career. With an academic background in social justice and human rights, her unique combination of educational and professional experiences has helped her to gain a keen insight into the issues and trends impacting mental health, healthcare, education, early childhood systems, and supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Amy is extremely driven, tenacious, creative, and hardworking and has leaned into these characteristics to forge diverse partnerships that have helped support funding increases, create essential programs, affect policy change, and impact system improvements throughout her career. Amy is committed to supporting Vermont by strengthening the systems that care for its people – systems to which she has dedicated much of her career. Amy lives in West Bolton, Vermont with her daughter, Luna.

Jacinta Mack

Administration Director

Jacinta joined the VT Council in March of 2022. She has over a decade of experience in operations, administration and human resources. She is the organization’s primary liaison to the Human Resources Directors.

 

Among other administrative responsibilities, she handles all human resources-related issues, including insurance and retirement accounts, coordinating in-house technology, as well as scheduling and organizing meetings. She also handles accounting and financial reporting for VCP.

 

Before moving to Vermont, Jacinta lived in New York from 2002 to 2017, where received a BA in Political Science and English from Hunter College, and gained experience in corporate settings, nonprofits, foundations and start-ups.

Marie Lallier

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.

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.

Eric Ruiz

Director of Mental Health & Substance Use Services

Eric joined VCP as Director of Mental Health and Substance Use Services in December 2023. He is a licensed independent clinical social worker with over 15 years of experience in micro, mezzo, and macro practice areas. Previously, he served as Director of Clinical Services at Collaborative Solutions Corporation, a statewide provider of intensive residential recovery programs.

Eric earned his Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University with a dual focus in advanced clinical practice and public policy. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in social work at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. His areas of interest are trauma informed and human rights perspectives, implementation science, resilience, and co-occurring disorders.

A staunch advocate for social justice and wellness, Eric brings to the team a wealth of expertise as a clinician and leader in diverse settings including residential treatment, hospice, child welfare, and legal advocacy.