Vermont Care Network

Vermont Care Network

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Vermont Care Network (VCN) is a statewide provider network of 16 non-profit community-based agencies that serve Vermonters affected by developmental disabilities, mental health conditions and substance use disorders.

Incorporated as Behavioral Health Network of Vermont in 1994, VCN is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that creates effective partnerships and efficiencies to facilitate the provision of accessible, high quality services and supports throughout the state.

Committed to excellence and innovation, VCN provides strategic return on investment by serving as a vehicle for collaboration, systems integration and improvement, economies of scale and new opportunities and markets.


  • For all Vermonters to lead healthy and satisfying lives.


  • To be a statewide network of designated and specialized service agencies that integrates the full continuum of health, wellness and social services enabling Vermonters to lead full and satisfying lives. Through continuous quality improvement, collaboration, integration, and enhanced services, we achieve improved value, health outcomes and life satisfaction.


Simone Rueschemeyer

Executive Director

Simone Rueschemeyer has worked in the health and mental health care fields for over 25 years to improve access to care and the quality of care for vulnerable populations. Prior to joining BHN in 2010, Simone consulted for numerous clients including the State of Vermont/Robert Wood Johnson, New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness, the Government of Aruba and the Community Health Center of Burlington. She also worked as 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.

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.

Cath Burns

Quality Director

Cath Burns is a Licensed Psychologist Doctorate and Licensed School Psychologist.  She has worked in the Vermont Designated Agency system since 1997 in a variety of roles.  Prior to this time, Cath was employed for 5 years in public schools in Colorado as a School Psychologist.  In addition to providing clinical care to children and families in schools, homes and in the community, Cath has extensive experience with program evaluation and outcomes work that is closely linked to clinical practice.  She has provided training around the State for practitioners in community mental health and education, she was also an instructor at Johnson State College, the University of Vermont and in the Program in Community Mental Health for graduates and undergraduates studying psychology and related fields. Cath earned a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology along with a Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Vermont, and a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. 


Beth Sightler

Board President

Executive Director - Champlain Community Services

George Karabakakis

Board Vice President

Executive Director - Health Care & Rehabilitation Services

Savi Van Sluytman

Board Treasurer

Executive Director - Lamoille County Mental Health Services

Ted Mable

Board Secretary

Executive Director - Northwestern Counseling & Support Services

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