ennis has been the Director of the VT-HEC since it was founded in 2000. He spent 16 years at the Vermont Department of Education as Director of various teams that included: special education, Title I, health and wellness and other family and education support services. Prior to that Dennis worked at the Barre Town School (VT) starting as a special educator and serving many years as the Director of Student Support Services. He attended Fairfield University as an English major, Philosophy minor. After 6 years teaching grades 5-8 in Paterson NJ, he came to VT to attend UVM for a Masters in Special Education in the Consulting Teacher program.
atty is the VT-HEC Program Director. She is responsible for the development and implementation of all pathway-to-licensing programs.
Patty’s involvement with the VT-HEC began in 2001 as a site coordinator and instructor for the Special Education Licensing program. Prior to her work with the VT-HEC, Patty was a faculty member at the University of Vermont, in the Department of Special Education teaching, both graduate and undergraduate level courses and providing practicum supervision. She has also worked on numerous federally funded grant projects including secondary systems change, transition, and supported employment. Prior to her work at the University, she was a special education teacher in Vermont
endy Cohen is the VT-HEC Director of Professional Development Programs and Supports. She is responsible for the planning and delivery of our workshops and related courses and supports.
Wendy has been working with the VT-HEC since 2013 in our TASS (Teaching All Secondary Students) program as consultant, instructor and program coordinator. She began her career in education as a middle school teacher spending nine year teaching Language Arts, Science, Geography and History. She then worked with the Vermont Institutes focusing on standards-based instruction and assessment of Visual & Performance Arts Since 2004 Wendy has worked with a number of entities across the northeast as a consultant, facilitator, instructor, presenter and coordinator.
Wendy has extensive expertise in a variety of areas including: Standards-Based Learning, Critical Friends, Building & Sustaining Leadership, Collaborative Learning Culture, Personalizing Learning, Action Planning and Program Evaluation. She spent the last year working in a leadership position in Addison County focusing on school improvement and the work of curriculum coordination.
ulie is the Operations Coordinator for VT-HEC and a member of the VT-HEC Operations Group. She is in charge of all registration, billing, and daily operations. She brings with her a wealth of administrative and coordination experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Her diverse background also includes firefighting, farming, outdoor education, and motherhood.
Coordinator of Special Education Endorsement Program, Autism Certificate Program, and Professional Development
oy has worked for the VT-HEC since its inception. Currently Joy coordinates the Special Education Endorsement program and is an instructor of graduate courses in that program. Joy also coordinates the Autism Program, and the ASAP program – Approaching a Solution to the Autism Puzzle. She supervises practicum students and is member of the VT-HEC Operations Group. She has been a Consulting Teacher/Learning Specialist in Vermont schools for over 30 years.
Online Support and Resources Coordinator
im is the Online Support & Resources Coordinator for VT-HEC. She helps coordinate the VT-HEC’s online learning opportunities and provides technical support to our various programs, works to manage the VT-HEC web site and is on the VT-HEC Operations Group. She has been coordinating and developing non-profit educational organizations for the past 16 years, and has been with the Collaborative for five years, formerly as the Operations Coordinator. She is also the Mentor Coordinator at U-32 Middle and High School, helping to coordinate U-32’s independent learning programs.
eth Marineau has worked with the VT-HEC since 2005. He helps coordinate the VT-HEC’s online learning opportunities and provides technical support to our various programs. Seth also teaches middle and high school French at Stowe Middle High School. He has teaching experience at the middle school, high school and university levels and has served as a school administrator. His academic interests include second language acquisition, rural education and the historical foundations of school change initiatives.
VT-HEC Program Coordinators
anuela is the Early Childhood Licensing Coordinator. She has had over thirty years of experience in the field of early childhood education as a teacher, professor, administrator, and researcher, including as the Early Education Coordinator at the Vermont Agency of Education. She is currently the TA Specialist for Preschool Development Grants at Applied Engineering Management Corp.
ate O’Neill is the Coordinator of the Health Education Licensing program at VT-HEC and teaches health education courses offered through VT-HEC. Kate is a Vermont licensed K-12 health educator and been teaching on-line courses for almost a decade. She received her Master’s degree in Public Health through a fully on-line program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
VT-HEC Board of Directors
aurie is currently the Superintendent for the Washington South Supervisory Union (WSSU) serving the Northfield and Roxbury communities. Laurie served as the Director of Special Services in WSSU prior to becoming Superintendent. She has worked in education for 34 years; most of her career was devoted to special education. Before joining WSSU she was one of a team of administrators at Barre Town Elementary School serving as a Special Services Director and Grade Level Administrator where she was very active in developing a Unified Sports Program. She began her career in Vermont working as an Essential Early Educator followed by her role as a Special Education Consultant at the Department of Education. Laurie was active in the Early Childhood field for many years serving on the regional Building Bright Futures Council and State Interagency Coordinating Council for Families, Infants and Toddlers. She received her M.Ed. in Special Education from UVM and was a 1999 graduate of the Snelling Leadership Project. Laurie was born and raised in Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she received her B.S in Special Education. She and her husband reside in Montpelier and have two sons. They also have enjoyed being host parents for students from China during the summer.
licia Lyford is currently the Principal of East Montpelier Elementary School where she has served for the past seven years. Prior to that, she spent nine years as a Special Educator working with students in Grades K – 8 in the Montpelier School District. She received her Master’s Degree through the Woodruff Institute at Castleton University, and is licensed as a Special Educator, Principal, and Director of Special Education. Alicia lives in Orange with her husband, three children and yellow lab.
avid has been working in the education field for over 20 years. Starting his teaching career in science and special education, David soon realized his passion was in working with students who have significant social, emotional and behavioral challenges. He currently serves as the CYSF School and Tutorial Education Coordinator and provides educational oversight for Beckley Day Program (a short-term crisis stabilization program for students K-6) and Ch.O.I.C.E. Academy (a therapeutic day treatment program and licensed independent school) in Barre, Vermont. David also provides leadership support for the Therapeutic School Leaders Group which is a cohort of mental health designated and special service agency school leaders. Through his work with this group, David helped to create a network of support within our school communities, advocating for our needs at the state level and organizing the yearly Therapeutic Schools Teacher Conference. David received his Master’s degree at University of Vermont in Curriculum and Instruction. A native of California, David received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology at Sonoma State University in Cotati, California. He has lived in Vermont since 1999, and when not indulging in his love of international food and travel he resides in Plainfield, Vermont with his wife, two dogs and two horses.
usan is President of the Association of Vermont Independent Colleges (AVIC), a voluntary association of 19 private, non-profit colleges and universities. AVIC provides public policy leadership and support of higher education, fosters cooperative efforts among colleges and universities, and serves as the official liaison between these independent institutions and the state and federal governments.
Susan is an attorney who previously worked in the Vermont Legislature staffing the Senate Education Committee. In her role assisting the chair of the committee, she worked on higher education issues. She holds degrees from two Vermont independent colleges: a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Vermont Law School and a Masters in Teaching English as Second Language from Saint Michael’s College. She also has a B.S. from York College of Pennsylvania and spent two Semesters at Sea on World Campus Afloat. For 11 years, Susan worked in international development at the Institute for Sustainable Communities based in Montpelier. She supported projects designed to strengthen community partnerships in Russia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Ukraine. She also launched an environmental training program for businesses and local government officials in China and developed a collaborative environmental education program with a university in China. She has taught at universities in China and Turkey.
ancy is has been the director of Vermont Northern Lights Career Development Center for early childhood and afterschool professionals for the past ten years. The Center is the hub of the VT professional development system for students and professionals working in child care, afterschool programs, and other settings serving young children and their families. Nancy has also been adjunct faculty at a number of colleges in Vermont, as well as working as a facilitator, workshop presenter, and assessor. For nine years she was the coordinator of Early Childhood CONNECTON, the precursor to the Chittenden County Building Bright Futures council. She has served on other boards, including president of the board of a HUD low income housing project. She holds an M.Ed. in early childhood special education that incorporated an individualized program in creative drama with special populations. Nancy also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater from Boston University. Before turning to education, her first career was in stage management, directing and acting with a number of theater companies.
ancy Thomas is Superintendent of Schools for Washington Northeast Supervisory Union, serving the Twinfield Union and Cabot School communities. She serves as Vermont representative on the AASA (the national School Superintendents association) Governing Board and on the Northeast Rural Districts Research Alliance Advisory Board of the Regional Education Lab. Prior to coming to WNESU five years ago, Nancy served as Director of Special Services/Assistant Superintendent at Washington Central Supervisory Union and Special Education Director for Caledonia Central Supervisory Union. During that time she was active in the Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators, serving as in leadership roles on the executive council. Nancy began her work in special education working with students with severe disabilities while an undergraduate at UMass, Amherst and later at UNH where she received her Master’s degree. She began her career in Vermont in the late 70’s serving in various roles with the Vermont Department of Education, including special education consultant, Director of the Educational Surrogate Parent Program and Interagency Coordinator.
ndrea is currently the VT-HEC Board Chair, as well as an instructor for graduate and undergraduate courses and a practicum supervisor for VT-HEC. She has worked in the field of special education in Vermont for 26 years in both the public and private sector. Currently, she is the Director of Special Services for the Caledonia Central Supervisory Union. As a special educator, Andrea focused her work on better understanding specific reading disability/dyslexia.