Board of Directors

NASW-VT’s Board of Directors is a leadership body made up of members from across the state of Vermont. Elections are held annually and terms are two years.

President:

Angela Paoli, LICSW

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I graduated from Columbia University in NYC with a Social Work degree and concentration in mental health. Since that time I have worked as a mental health provider at Housing Works, Riker’s Island Prison, and UVM’s Colchester Family Practice and am currently in private practice at the Stone House Associates. I am also a provider at Adoption Advocates serving private adoptions and work regularly providing evaluations for Vermont Surrogacy Network and Northeastern Reproductive Medicine.  

I joined the NASW board to enjoy the benefits of collaborating with other amazing social workers and to help grow the organization through learning opportunities and membership drives.  

Outside of the office I am part of the Pet Peace of Mind hospice program that allows dying people to remain with their pets. I am a huge dog lover and in addition to my 2 dogs have been a foster home for 55 dogs while working with local rescues.I am also an adoptions coordinator at NYC Second Chance Rescue.


Vice-President

Michael Reeves, Ph.D., LICSW

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Dr. Michael Reeves is the Director of the Castleton University Social Work Program, the BSW Field Director, and an Associate Professor. He was a school social worker for 28 years before moving to Vermont in 2016. He worked in elementary, middle school, and high school settings, public and private. He also served as an administrator for a residential treatment center and was a clinical social worker in a small group practice. He is licensed as a clinical social worker in Vermont. 

Dr. Reeves received his doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, using photo-elicitation to conduct ethnographic research with adolescents in homeless families.




Secretary:

Lisa Avery, MSW

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Lisa is a recent graduate of the UNH MSW program and will be working for Umbrella, a non-profit domestic violence agency in St. Johnsbury VT. The focus of Lisa's graduate work has been macro social work and she has a passion for policy, social justice, and politics. She holds a Bachelor of Science in physical therapy and after practicing in outpatient orthopedics, she retired to stay home and raise her two boys. Over the last 15 years she has worked with her family business but felt that she needed to become more involved in her community, hence attaining her MSW. Lisa's placement for her second internship was with NASW, which afforded her the opportunity to get involved in policy at the state and national level and see the key role that NASW plays in social justice issues.

Lisa is hoping to add a macro perspective to the VT -NASW board and increase support for issues around housing insecurities, domestic violence, and health and wellness of the perinatal population.

As empty nesters, Lisa and her husband relocated to live in St. Johnsbury VT with their dogs Bella and Baxter. Recently, she has taken up mountain biking on Kingdom Trails and she spends her quiet time gardening and reading.



Judi Daly, LICSW

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With a BSW from the State University of New York/Brockport, I moved to VT and graduated with an MSW in 1982 from Adelphi University when that was the only MSW program in Vermont and Northern NYS. I have worked in Vermont ever since, starting out with DCF ( then SRS),  earned my LICSW and became a therapist with  Community Health Plan, then was with Casey Family Services  working with kids and families until 2012.  I returned to being a therapist with a part time private practice until early 2020, and have been the social worker at a UVMMC dialysis unit since 2013. 

I have joined the NASW Board of Directors in order to give back to the profession and to be part of the work we need to do to keep social work and this chapter vibrant and relevant for Vermont social workers.





Sara Diane Nolan

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Sara Diane holds a Master's Degree in Social Work from the State University of New York at Albany and a Bachelor’s of Science from SUNY Oswego. For the past fifteen years she has been in private practice in North Bennington; prior to this, she held several different positions within Bennington county at United Counseling Services including Outpatient Clinician and Crisis Outreach Specialist. For eight years, she also worked at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center as a per-diem Emergency Clinician. Additionally, she has taught as an Adjunct Faculty at Southern Vermont College and The Community College of Vermont in their Bennington location.  

Sara Diane is honored to serve on the board of the Vermont chapter of the NASW. She hopes to increase visibility for the field, as well as continuing to advocate for those we help in our work. In her spare time, she can be found in the garden during the summer and on snowshoes in the winter.




Elliott Buelter

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Elliott moved to Vermont from Rhode Island in 2018. He earned his B.S. in Sociology from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC in 2007 and his MSW from Rhode Island College in 2016. Elliott earned a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Child and Adolescent Trauma while at RIC. He has worked in multiple environments including child and adolescent psychiatric facilities, residential facilities, schools, community mental health, college wellness, and most recently in his own private practice. Elliott’s practice focuses on supporting LGBTQ+ individuals with a special focus on providing gender-affirming care.
Elliott joined the NASW board to connect with other like-minded social workers and help create change in Vermont for the clients he serves on a daily basis.
Elliott enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter exploring Vermont by hiking, biking, swimming, and finding new places to eat.







Miki Beach, MSW

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Miki is a recent graduate from UVM’s MSW program and also holds a Certificate of Graduate Study in Resiliency-Based Approaches with Families, Schools and Communities. While working as an assistant director at the Blueprint for Health within the Department of Vermont Health Access at the State of Vermont, Miki saw the benefits on population health gained through deploying social workers throughout Vermont to support people in addressing social determinants of health and leading healthier lives. After witnessing the transformative effect of social work at the macro level, Miki secured a position at the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP) at UVM, which allowed her to pursue an MSW degree. She is beginning her social work career at a high school. As an NASW-VT board member, Miki intends to advocate for expanding leadership opportunities and increasing overall compensation scales for social workers in Vermont, as well as for reinstating and preserving reproductive rights and the right to vote nationwide.







Past-President

Linda Lai Nga Li

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Linda Li, LICSW was born and raised in Hong Kong. She speaks Cantonese, English, and Mandarin. She came to the United States in 1997. She became an interpreter in 2004 after coordinating a translation project with Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. After 4 years of dealing with the medical and legal system with vulnerable immigrants, she decided she wanted to do more. She obtained her MSW from University of Vermont in 2010.  She devotes her practice to multicultural and multilingual individuals and families, especially cultural conflict within the family system. She is a trainer and Child/Family Therapist at NFI. She continues to train interpreters on mental health topics and provide training to providers on how to work with interpreters and cultural humility.  

During her tenure with NASW, she created the JEDI (Justice Equity Diversity and Inclusion) Committee. Through this platform she hosted many anti-racist conversations with members and non members. She led the NASW through Covid and the board to create a strategic plan for the next 5 years. 

Linda loves cats. She has two feline children and a human child. She loves traveling around the world. While she's not traveling, you'll find her in the kitchen cooking, in the mountain snowboarding, and at Champlain Valley CrossFit sweating.



Ethics Committee Chair

Vacant



MSW Student Representative

Meghan St. Pierre

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Meghan grew up on the northern border of Vermont in Richford on her family's dairy farm. She went to Champlain College for her undergraduate degree and pursued a path in Communications, at one point hosting the night time radio show for country music station 98.9 WOKO based in Burlington. In 2018 she stumbled into a new role as a Community Rehabilitation and Treatment Case Manager at Northwestern Counseling & Support Services and has been committed to working in Community Mental Health, since. In May 2022 she completed her MSW program at University of Vermont and practiced therapy in both Adult and Pediatric Primary Care settings during her placements. Now she is an Outpatient Therapist in the Children's Youth and Families division at Northwestern Counseling & Support Services in St. Albans. She looks forward to connecting with other social worker's in the state of Vermont and advocating for more resources for the profession as an NASW Board Member. She is passionate about rural mental health as well as examining the unique challenges of practicing in small communities in which we live. She loves her dog Hammish and a crisp fall day in the woods.



BSW Student Representative

Kaitlin Bardellini

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I am a BSW representative. During the year, I hope to be an advocate for the students of Vermont when it comes to making their voices heard about what they need.

I am currently getting my BSW and Sociology degree at Castleton University. After getting my master's degree, my goal is to become a child protection social worker.

I am from Northfield, New Hampshire. I am currently on the field hockey, ice hockey, and track & field teams at Castleton University.