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.

Board President
Christina Pasnick, LICSW

Christina Pasnick

Christina Pasnick, LICSW, is the President of NASW-VT and is a member of the Social Justice Committee. Originally from New Jersey, she currently lives in Northern Vermont and works in elementary schools. Christina received her MSW from New York University in 2013. She has worked with child and adolescent populations for the past 7 years, as well as adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Christina utilizes play therapy, mindfulness practices, and art therapy techniques in her work. She has training in childhood trauma, positive behavior supports, applied behavior analysis, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Christina loves camping, hiking, snowboarding, paddling or just doing anything outdoors.

Board Secretary
Tarn Foerg

Tarn Foer

Tarn is an Associate faculty member as well as the Social Work Program Field Education Coordinator at Champlain College. Tarn holds an MSW from the University of Vermont (1998) and maintains a Vermont LICSW. Tarn is an active advocate in the community on issues relating to health and well being. Tarn serves on the Executive Committee on the NASW-VT board as well as on the Nominations Committee for the National Baccalaureate Program Directors. Professional memberships include: National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Council of Social Work Educators (CSWE) and Baccalaureate Programs Directors (BPD).

In her free time, Tarn enjoys fresh air, a good book (most recent Gladwell's "David and Goliath" and "Outliers," Desmond's "Evicted," and Ward's "Aesop Lake"), yoga, hiking or skiing, paddle boarding, old-school rollerblading and traveling.

Lizzy Lyons

Lizzy Lyons

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.

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.

Tanya Vyhovsky

Tanya Vyhovsky

Tanya graduated from the University of Vermont with her MSW in May of 2017. Tanya has worked in many areas of social work practice and at many levels of practice. Tanya was the developer and director of the statewide Vermont Support Line providing non-judgemental supports to any struggling Vermonter. Her experience on the Vermont Support Line made her realize that social work was a good fit for her and was the catalyst to her seeking her MSW. While at UVM Tanya provided supports to refugees and new Americans at Connecting Cultures and worked at the level of Agency and State policy at Vermont CARES. Tanya also served as the student board member with NASW-VT.

Tanya continues to have a deep commitment to changing the conversation with and about people who are struggling to be grounded in social justice and the exploration of power and privilege. Tanya is working in private practice and looking for continued areas for policy improvements at the systems level.

In her free time Tanya loves to bake, garden and run agility with her samoyed Laika. As a transplanted city girl she is also beginning to adventure into the woods, mountains and lakes of Vermont.

Cyrus Patton, LICSW

Cyrus Patton

Dr. Patten is a veteran nonprofit administrator, clinical social worker, scholar, entrepreneur, speaker, and educator. He specializes in nonprofit change management, social entrepreneurship, complex systems theory and managing complex change in high-stakes social justice contexts. He received his BSW and MSW from Colorado State University. He earned a doctorate in leadership and policy from the University of Vermont in 2016, where he studied nonprofit social enterprise.

He is a Lecturer in the UVM Department of Social Work where he taught social work practice, theory, and research courses. He is a consultant to a national network of nonprofit organizations, corporations and government agencies that seek to understand the role of social enterprise in their future.

He has over 15 years experience in human services and mental health practice. This includes experience as a child welfare social worker, community mental health practitioner, and program director for homeless programs and children’s inpatient treatment programs. He has held senior leadership positions at some of Vermont’s most notable nonprofit organizations including the Howard Center and Northeastern Family.

Jeff Hunsburger

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Lauren Dever

Lauren Dever

Lauren Denver, LICSW, is a Director at Large on time NASW VT Board. She is serving her second term in this position. Lauren is originally from Massachusetts and spent many years working with homeless women veterans. Lauren is currently semi-retired and continues to consult with an organization that provides clinical services to people with PTSD and sexual abuse histories.

In her free time, Lauren is active on a board in her community in Southwestern VT; she gardens, swims and loves to read, especially non-fiction.