NASW Vermont Chapter Staff

Executive Director

Darlene Furey, MSS, MLSP, LICSW


Darlene Furey

Darlene graduated from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work with a masters in social work (MSS) and a masters in law and social policy (MLSP). Darlene has worked in the field of domestic and sexual violence. She has also worked extensively with the LGBTQ community, with particular emphasis on youth. As a school social worker, she introduced an animal-assisted therapy program for children who had experienced trauma. Darlene has also worked in private practice.

Darlene lives in Marshfield in a little schoolhouse on a dirt road, with her partner, Diane and her two Airedales Fionuala and Ceilidh (pictured).

dfurey.naswvt@socialworkers.org

Social Work Interns


Caitlin Mello

Caitlin Mello

My name is Caitlin Mello. I am a BSW student at the University of Vermont. Besides interning at the NASW, I also work as a research assistant at the Vermont Center for Children Youth and Families and I am a co chair of a DREAM program that works with youth in affordable housing. I chose social work because I have a passion for social justice and advocacy work and I see it as a good jumping off point for any area of interest I may have. The NASW VT internship was my choice because policy and macro work are what I really want to do with the rest of my life. I am looking forward to work in the Vermont State House and learning about a social worker’s role in legislation.


Haley Newman

Haley Newman

My name is Haley Newman and I will be an MSW intern at NASW-VT for the upcoming year. I did my undergraduate education at University of Vermont and obtained my Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in Social Work. I am currently enrolled in Fordham University's online, advanced standing MSW program! I chose to do my internship at NASW-VT so that I could learn more about the macro practice side of Social Work. I've learned a lot about, and experienced, micro practice, but don't feel like macro has been given the same attention. I am excited to learn more about the various aspects of macro practice and to be a part of larger scale change within our communities. I also look forward to connecting with other passionate Social Workers on a more collaborative level.


Jessica Bernstein

Jessica Bernstein

My name is Jess, and I am a senior at the University of Vermont, majoring in Social Work and minoring in Business Administration. I am so excited to be interning with NASW this school year and to get involved with the Vermont community to promote sustainable, socially just change. During my time with NASW, I hope to broaden my skill set and strengthen my ability to advocate on behalf of others and to empower others to do the same.