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.


Lacey Sloan, BSW, MSW, Ph.D.

Lacey Sloan

Dr. Lacey Sloan, Associate Professor of Social Work at University of Vermont, is a wanderer who currently works as a UNICEF-Somalia consultant. Her three intertwining areas of scholarship are social work education in Islamic contexts, critical multiculturalism and environmental justice. Her work was in sexual rights. Over the last 10 years, she facilitated the development and accreditation of 2 MSW programs (NYC & Abu Dhabi [UAE]) and 3 BSW programs (NYC; Somalia; & Qatar). She is currently the President-Elect of NASW-Vermont. She is also a UVM Sustainability Fellow and a steering committee member for development of CSWE’s specialized practice in Environmental Justice. Last summer, she rode her Harley across the US, with plans to ride from Vermont to Vancouver this summer.

Vice President:

Linda Li

Linda Li

Linda Li, LICSW was born and raised in Hong Kong. She speaks Cantonese, English and Mandarin. She came to the United State in 1997. She became an interpreter in 2004 after coordinating a translation project with Vermont Refuges Resettlement Program and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. After 4 years of dealing with the medical and legal system with valuable immigrants, she decided she wants to do more. She obtained her MSW from University of Vermont in 2010. Since then she focused her practice on cultural conflict in family. She’s now working at the Community Health Center of Burlington as the Pediatric Social Worker and Child Therapist. She keeps her interpretation connection by training interpreters on mental health topics and provide trainings to providers on how to work with interpreters.

She wants to help the NASWVT to increase diversity in membership. She also wants to offer more trainings on cultural competency to the continue education schedule.

Linda loves cat. 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.


Ashley Dubois, BSW

Kelli Gile

Ashley is a born and raised Vermonter, originally from Williston and currently residing in Burlington. She attended the Community College of VT before transferring to the social work program at UVM. She graduated with her BSW in 2017. Ashley was placed at Champlain Community Services (CCS) in Colchester for her field practicum, working with high school students with disabilities in the Bridging program. After graduation Ashley was hired at CCS and currently works as an Employment Specialist in the Way2Work supported employment program. In this role, Ashley supports adults with disabilities in finding and maintaining meaningful employment within the community. Ashley also leads partnerships with the secondary education programs Think College (at UVM) and Global Campus. Outside of work Ashley enjoys spending time with friends, family, and her rabbit Craig. 

Mariah Ertel

Mariah Ertel

Mariah grew up in a small town in Vermont where she developed a fondness for figure skating, snowboarding, and hiking. She obtained her bachelor's degree in psychology from Stonehill College in Massachusetts. Mariah felt a desire to further the service work she was involved in throughout college, so she went on to complete two years of service through Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest in association with AmeriCorps. One year of her service was in Boise, Idaho serving in a shelter setting. The following year she served in Yakima, Washington focusing on palliative care and hospice. Mariah has recently graduated from the University of Vermont with her MSW and is working as a Crisis Clinician at Rutland Mental Health Services.

Rebecca Day

Becky Day- Fall in Vermont

Rebecca (Becky) Day completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg Florida and her masters at the University of South Florida School of Social Work. She specializes in working with individuals who have experienced complex trauma. She conducted her masters level field work with refugees and survivors of political torture. She was also part of a grassroots effort to create a counseling center for a rural school in Nepal which provides education to over 350 children in the surrounding community. She has a passion working with individuals from all cultures ad backgrounds.

She currently works at Rutland Mental Health where she supervises the Intensive Family Based Services (IFBS) program and JOBS, which helps high risk youth as they transition out of high school. Becky has gotten involved on a larger community level offering trainings on resiliency and trauma informed approaches to agencies and other providers.

Outside of social work her passions include rock climbing, paddle boarding and traveling the globe. She is excited for the opportunity to part of a larger state-wide effort, through her role on the NASW board, to continue her advocacy and educational efforts.

Susan Taggart, LICSW

Susan has a BS in Public and International Communication from Boston University, a Master of Art in Liberal Science (with a concentration in social work and gender and family studies) from Simmons College and a Master in Social Work degree from University of Vermont. Susan has practiced social work from the micro, mezzo and macro perspectives. She has a passion for work that benefits children and families and in hunger relief. Most recently, Susan splits her time between her independent private practice where she sees children and adults for therapy, and Rutland Regional Medical Center where she works as an emergency room social worker.

When not working, Susan enjoys time with family and friends, hiking with her dogs and traveling.

Michael Reeves, PH.D, MSW

Dr. Michael Reeves is the Director of the Castleton University Social Work Program, the BSW Field Director, and an assistant 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.

Angela Paoli, LICSW

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. As of September I am moving to private practice at Stone House Associates in So. Burlington, VT. 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 also a member of the Red Cross Mental Health Disaster Relief team in Vermont. I am a huge dog lover and in addition to my 3 dogs have been a foster home for 50 dogs while working with local rescues.

Kelli Gile

Kelli Gile

Kelli received her BSW, with a minor in Child Development, from the University of Maine, Orono, in 2012 and her MSW from the University of Vermont in 2015. Kelli is the recipient of the Title IVE traineeship provided through the State of Vermont and UVM and currently works as an Investigative Social Worker for the Department for Children and Families, Family Services, out of the Barre District Office. Kelli has spent most of her social work career working with children and families in school, home, and community settings.

When it's sunny and not below zero degrees, you can find Kelli hiking, kayaking, road biking, snowshoeing, or enjoying the calmness of the wilderness. Kelli’s goals for the next 10 years include an LICSW, a career with international social work, and living in a tiny house.