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The Vermont Council of Developmental and Mental Health Services is the trade association of 16 non-profit community-based agencies that serve Vermonters affected by developmental disabilities, mental health conditions and substance use disorders. We believe that Vermonters have a fundamental right to live in healthy and safe communities with access to locally provided health care and support services.

For more than 40 years, the Vermont Council has formed socially responsible alliances and partnerships and conducted information sharing, education and advocacy at the national, state, and local levels to enable individuals and families to achieve their full potential.


  • To promote a statewide, non-profit system of developmental, mental health and substance abuse services for individuals and families.
  • Through our member agencies, we work toward ensuring access to a high-quality continuum of health care and support services in every community throughout the state.
  • To improve the health and safety of our communities through socially responsible alliances and partnerships, information sharing, education and advocacy at the national, state, and local levels.


Julie Tessler

Executive Director

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.

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: accounting and financial reporting; human resource duties including insurances and retirement accounts; in-house information technology, and meeting organization and scheduling, in addition to many other administrative responsibilities. 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.

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.


Mary Moulton

Board President

Executive Director - Washington County Mental Health Services

Bob Bick

Board Vice President

Executive Director - Howard Center

Chuck Myers

Board Treasurer

Executive Director - NFI Vermont Inc.

Bill Ashe

Board Secretary

Executive Director - Upper Valley Services

Ralph Provenza

Board Director

Executive Director - United Counseling Services

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