CHL Staff

JoEllen Tarallo, Ed.D., MCHES. (she/her)

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

B.A. in Communications, University of New Hampshire, 1977; M.Ed. and Social Services, University of Vermont, 1983; M.Ed., Harvard University

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.


Lorie Holtgrave (she/her)

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

B.A., University of Massachusetts; MPA, University of Wisconsin.

Lorie joined CHL in September 2021 as the Director of Operations.  She brings operational experience from her administrative role at Loyola University Maryland and from her budget and policy analyst position at the Georgia Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget.

Her responsibilities at CHL include Organization Strategy and Business Development, Financial Performance and Sustainability, and Human Resources and Operations. Lorie enjoys improving systems’ efficiency and effectiveness and she knows her way around a spreadsheet.

When she’s not working, she is either stitching an intricate embroidery piece or volunteering with a German Shepherd rescue, assisting in finding loving homes for abused and neglected dogs.


Gwen Mousin (she/her)

OPERATIONS 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.


Sara Haimowitz (she/her)

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS

Master of Social Work (MSW) San Jose State University – 1993

Sara holds a Master’s 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 and non-profit administration. Sara has been in the field of Development for 20 years, raising money for social service, arts, and political advocacy organizations.


Beth M. Shrader (she/her)

SENIOR PROGRAM SPECIALIST

B.S. Rutgers University 1984, M.S. NC State University 1986

Since 2014, Beth Shrader has been the principal of a consulting organization serving nonprofit organizations in the Northeast. During that time, she has worked with the Center for Health and Learning on projects including project management and training, and facilitation. Beth has served as a federal grant reviewer for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Prior to taking on a consultant role, Beth was the Director of the Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition in Vermont for 10 years. Before joining the Coalition and moving to Vermont, Beth had been involved in nonprofit management, higher education, and volunteer administration for twenty-five plus years in New Jersey.


Kirk Postlewaite (he/him)

SENIOR PROGRAM SPECIALIST

B.A., University of Georgia, 1993; MS in Community Mental Health, Southern New Hampshire University, 2013; Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC)

Kirk is a seasoned public and community health professional with 20 years of experience in program management, clinical work, and community health initiatives.  During this time, Kirk has worked with children, families, and adults in Vermont across systems of care and many settings.  Most recently, he worked as the Population Health Director at Rutland Regional Medical Center and prior to that as the Communications and Development Director at Washington County Mental Health in central Vermont.  Kirk’s expertise is focused on creating systems of care that are effective and efficient while remaining person-focused, and he brings a well-rounded clinical perspective to this work.

When not at work, Kirk thoroughly enjoys recreating outdoors in beautiful Vermont with his family and friends, eating good food, and seeing live music.


Clare LaFrance (they/them)

SENIOR PROGRAM SPECIALIST

BA-Philosophy, California State University, Chico, 2003; MA -Philosophy, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2012

Clare has worked in health programming for the past six years. Their experience includes working in the field of tobacco control, in both prevention and cessation, with the Vermont Department of Health. Prior to working in public health Clare taught philosophy at the University of Nebraska Lincoln and was the Assistant Director of the Robert J. Kutak Center for the Teaching and Study of Applied Ethics. 

When not at work, Clare enjoys bicycling, hiking, trying new foods, and working toward visiting all of the towns in Vermont.


Kate Morey, JD (she/her/hers)

CHL PROGRAM AND POLICY SPECIALIST

B.A. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts; J.D. New England Law Boston

Kate has experience in health policy, compliance, and a special interest in health disparities. She has worked with legal aid, hospital systems, and nonprofits throughout New England. Her work spans multiple areas ranging from project management to policy drafting. Prior to attending law school, she worked in development and public relations.

While not at work, Kate enjoys cycling, surfing, snowboarding, and traveling.


Karen Carreira, MA (she/her)

UMATTER SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAM COORDINATOR

B.A. Music/Psychology, Wheaton College, Norton, MA; MA Expressive Therapy, Lesley University, Cambridge MA; Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LHMC)

Karen has over 20 years of experience in the human service field, working as an LMHC, Board Certified Music Therapist, and Program Director for service providers including inpatient, outpatient, partial hospital, residential, and post-secondary special education.

Her skills and attitude support a person/client-centered focus, respect for peers and co-workers, and dedication to superior standards for service delivery. She is focused, determined, and led by a personal drive to support others and make a change.

Key Areas: Leadership and Management, Program Development, Public Speaking, Advocacy, Mental Health, and Suicide Prevention.


Bekah Hughston, (she/her)

CHL TRAINING AND EVENTS COORDINATOR

Technical Theatre & Arts Administration • Brooklyn College

Bekah Hughston is excited to be amongst one of the newest members to join the CHL family.  Bekah will be CHL’s Training and Events Coordinator. She comes to us by way of Philadelphia, PA from the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) as their Community Events Coordinator where she fused her passion for the Arts while promoting recovery and healing.  Bekah’s background in planning and coordinating events brings the focus to awareness, learning, and healing. Bekah’s passion has brought communities from all walks of life within environments that encourage wellness.

Bekah attended Brooklyn College studying Technical Theatre & Arts Administration.  She has combined her working knowledge as a Producer and General Manager in the Mental Health field creating spaces that promote healing and empowerment.  Bekah’s special Interests include reading, long walks, and attending musical theater.  She describes herself as a team player, dependable, and always ready to step in when needed.

Bekah will be working from her home office located in Philadelphia, PA.  She is excited to be working alongside champions!


Catherine Diduk (she/her)

TRAINING 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 an Administrative Assistant for the Office of Admissions at Smith College.


Eric Jones (he/him)

MARKETING AND TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST

Recording Engineering at the University of Maine at Augusta, Electronics at Southern Maine Tech, CompTIA at Lane Community College

Eric has worked in Technology since 1990, with an early career as a technician at Digital Computers. His love for music brought him to UMA where he earned a recording degree and spent many years as a sound engineer, and DJ. To further his knowledge he studied electronics at SMTC and CompTIA A+ Certification at LCC in Eugene, OR.

After moving to Vermont to raise his family, he began volunteering and co-founded with his wife the Guilford Recreation, an all-volunteer commission dedicated to bringing recreational opportunities to Guilford residents. Over the years, Guilford Recreation has become an indispensable organization that hosts many annual events, and ongoing activities, created the nordic skiing lending program, and has taken leadership in developing the new natural playscape in Guilford Center.

He also founded Discover Guilford, an organization that provides local residents and businesses an opportunity to stay engaged with stories, local events, and a directory of local businesses. When not working or volunteering he loves gardening, photography, hiking and biking, and most of all spending time with his wife and three kids.


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