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.
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.
Ashley Dubois, BSW
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 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 (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.
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.
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.
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.