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 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 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.
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.
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.