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.
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.
Lizzy finished Peace Corps Ghana and moved to Vermont in 2014 to start the UVM Social Work MSW program. She graduated in 2016 with the help of Title IVE and is beginning her work with DCF.
Life in Peace Corps Ghana was full of adventure and opportunity to work in the complex cross-cultural negotiations of community development. Lizzy showed her community leadership and commitment to working directly in partnership with members of community while organizing peer-educational community performances, implementing harm reduction programs for at-risk girls through camps, photo documentation, and community events, and working with women’s groups and schools to organize business skills and income generation programs.
Lizzy was the Program Director for Street Outreach, a homeless youth drop in center, for 3 years in Youth Shelters and Family Services, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. There she was got to know some incredible youth, developed new programming, created partnerships with community organizations, and oversaw federal and state grants. Other leadership roles include Board Member on New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness and Board Member for St. Elizabeth’s Shelter. She has experience providing trainings at national and agency levels.
Lizzy hopes that she will have the opportunity to support NASW Vermont as a Director at Large as it grows and changes in response to NASW National Modernization program in the years to come. She hopes to engage new Vermont social workers with NASW as well as to support NASW Vermont with state-level advocacy to support our social work community.
MSW Board Representative
Mariah is the MSW representative for the NASW-VT Board of Directors. Mariah is currently in her second year in the MSW program at the University of Vermont. Mariah grew up in a small town in Vermont where she enjoyed figure skating and track and field. She obtained her bachelor's degree in psychology through 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 is interested in social justice areas including mental health, houselessness, aging, and end of life care.