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Staff 2017-02-22T11:51:52+00:00

CHL Staff

JoEllen Tarallo
JoEllen TaralloExecutive Director
B.A. in Communications, University of New Hampshire, 1977; M.Ed. and Social Services, University of Vermont, 1983; M.Ed., Harvard University, MA, 1988; Doctorate in Educational Administration, Planning, and Social Policy, Harvard University, MA, 1995.

JoEllen Tarallo is a state licensed and nationally credentialed health educator with 30 years of service at the crossroads between education and public health as a teacher, trainer, program, project and curriculum developer. Having worked at the local, state, national and international levels, Dr. Tarallo’s expertise is on the interdisciplinary interface between health issues and educational strategies. At CHL she has authored and developed numerous programs, curricula and materials on comprehensive health topics.

Gwen Mousin
Gwen MousinOperations and Project Manager
B.S., University of Rhode Island, 1977; MPH in Health Administration, Columbia University, New York, NY, 1985.

Gwen has over 30 years of experience in the health care administration field serving in a number of capacities. Her expertise encompasses health care strategic planning, public health, program development and implementation, physician practice management, and health care information technology. She has also been involved in implementing Vermont Blueprint for Health initiatives within health care organizations. As Operations Manager, Gwen is responsible for the day to day operations at CHL, including human resources, budgeting, and marketing. As Project Manager, she is responsible for oversight of CHL’s grants including budget development and oversight, contracts, and reporting.

Nicole Miller
Nicole MillerMental Health Program Specialist
B.A. in Sociology, Furman University, 1998; M.S.W. with Administrative Leadership and Advocacy Concentration, University of Washington, 2003

Nicole has two decades of Social Service experience advocating for children and families in various settings like hospital, school, home care, foster care, residential, court and crisis services. She has provided service with clients from diverse communities and residential contexts. Throughout Nicole’s work she creates partnerships with individuals, organizations and schools. As a program specialist with the Center for Health and Learning, Nicole’s work primarily focuses on mental health promotion and suicide prevention. Nicole develops and implements programmatic initiatives and is the facilitator of the VT Suicide Prevention Coalition. As a trainer she is knowledgeable, fosters a safe learning environment and works with participants to develop their skills.

Catherine Diduk
Catherine DidukTrainings and Events Coordinator
Catherine has been the Event and Training Coordinator for the Center for Health and Learning since 2010. She supports the office by overseeing all logistical planning for the various and many CHL training and events in and around the state of Vermont as well as assisting with marketing, trainer/speaker contracting and communication, evaluation, material production and project follow-up. She also serves as administrative support for both the executive director and CHL staff. Catherine’s past experience includes 12 years as Administrative Assistant for the Office of Admissions at Smith College.
Debby Haskins
Debby HaskinsProgram Specialist
Masters of Science, University of Vermont, Licensed Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor

Debby is the former Executive Director of the Association of Student Assistance Professionals of Vermont (ASAP of VT). She is a Umatter trainer for Center for Health and Learning as a Suicide Prevention Specialist. She also teaches two online courses: Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug, as well as the Injury & Violence Prevention courses through Union Institute.

Debby has a private practice in Central Vermont; and has been in the substance abuse field for 25 years. Her passion is working with adolescents and their families in breaking the cycle of addiction, and presenting information in an experiential way.

Sara Haimowitz
Sara HaimowitzDirector of Development
Sara holds a Masters in Social Work and worked with children and families for many years. While doing this work, she took an interest in outdoor adventure therapy and started writing grants to lead her own outdoor adventure programs. Discovering a talent for raising money and growing programs from concept to completion, she moved from social work into development. Sara has been in the field of Development for 18 years, raising money for social service, arts and political advocacy organizations.
Zan Walker
Zan WalkerProgram Specialist
B.A., Anthropology, Women & Gender Studies, University of Colorado Boulder 2004; M.A., Specialization in Medical Anthropology, San Francisco State University 2015.

Zan has worked in the nonprofit sector for the past seven years, creating programming, managing communications, and recruiting for education and community agriculture social justice organizations. Her graduate research focused on community-based initiatives to address social determinants of health, health disparities, adversity and toxic stress. Zan supports CHL’s mental health program work through outreach, resource development and program implementation.

Bob Tucker
Bob TuckerBookkeeper
“Tucker” brings years of experience with non-profit finance to the financial systems at the Center for Health and Learning. He brings competence and humor to his work at CHL, while keeping up with his bookkeeping demands for several other local business and organizations. Tucker also volunteers with a local chapter of Special Olympics, coaching youngsters in basketball.