Linda Lai Nga 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 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.
Linda also chairs the JEDI (Justice Equity Diversity and Inclusion)
Committee at Community Health Center of Burlington and NASW-VT chapter
Michael Reeves, Ph.D., LICSW
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.
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.
Angela Paoli, LICSW
She, her, hers
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 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.
Judi Daly, LICSW
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
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.
Carrie Russell, MSW
Carrie Russell moved to central Vermont with her family in 2019. Originally from
Maine, Carrie completed her undergraduate degree in Wisconsin, and her MSW at
the University of Southern Maine. Carrie’s work has been focused on kids and
families; with a primary focus on kids in residential settings and schools as well as
working closely with refugee and immigrant communities. Carrie worked abroad
with Doctors Without Borders and as a volunteer. Carrie has spent her most recent
6 years with an agency in Seattle, WA, whose primary goal is to provide
unconditional care for kids. Since relocating to Vermont she has worked in a
therapeutic school and will begin work at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in
September. Carrie enjoys time with her family, including her two young children
and rather large dog. They like to explore the outdoors and the magical adventures
in reading! Having served on the NASW Board in Washington State, Carrie is thrilled
to be more engaged in the organization here in Vermont and support social workers
throughout the state.
Elliott Buelter (He/Him)
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.
Meredith Tips-McLaine MSW, RN
Meredith has been a registered nurse, working primarily in emergency departments, for 20 years. She graduated from UVM’s MSW program in May of 2021, and has been employed full-time as a social worker in the emergency department at Rutland Regional Medical Center since February 2021. She is particularly interested in addressing racial and economic disparities in health care access, the intersections and of mental and physical healthcare, and mental health support for first responders and other healthcare workers. She moved to Vermont from Philadelphia in 2005, and in her free time enjoys making things, spending excessive time on the internet, reading magazines, and avoiding housework. She lives with her husband, son, cat, dog and a really ridiculous number of assorted fowl. Her husband frequently reminds her that “not everything is a joke!” but she is still conducting her own field research on this matter and remains unconvinced.
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.
Ethics Committee Chair
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.
MSW Student Representative
Miki Beach, MA, CPHQ
Miki is the MSW student board member and will graduate from UVM’s MSW program in May 2022. She holds bachelor of arts degrees in english and spanish from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, and a master of arts degree in english from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. 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 the 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 begin taking classes in the MSW program as a continuing education student. Officially accepted into the program as a part-time student in 2019, she decided to leave her position at VCHIP and switch to full-time student status in 2021 to complete her MSW degree on an accelerated timeline and join the social work profession sooner.
As an NASW-VT student board member, Miki wants to advocate for expanding leadership opportunities and increasing overall compensation scales for social workers in Vermont, as well as student loan forgiveness and increased scholarship opportunities for MSW students. As a mature student making a mid-life career transition, Miki brings a lens of working parent student status to her board member role and understands first-hand parent interactions with Vermont’s public school system and the need for affordable, available child care, including high-quality after-school and summer options, to support Vermont’s working parents.
Originally from Florida, Miki enjoys Vermont’s mild summers, especially reading on her back deck. She is a novice vegetable gardener and avid baker and feels happiest when surrounded by her husband and two children.
BSW Student Representative
I am a BSW representative. In this program, I hope to spread the work about social work as a profession, kill stigmas, and enhance opportunities for fellow young professionals.
I currently am getting my BSW at Castleton University and am doing my field placement in career services right on the campus. I hope one day to become an advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves, and create safer spaces for those with traumas.
I have grown up in Vermont on and off, and it is my home. I enjoy the foliage, and mild summers here. I’m pretty big on hiking and the outdoors.