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About us

The COVID Support VT Team is a dedicated team of community members assembled to address the emotional needs of our local Vermonters during the pandemic. Our Team is made up of professionals who have expertise in mental health, public education and awareness and knowledge of COVID related issues and resources.

We offer assistance through education, emotional support and connections to community services that promote resilience, empowerment and recovery. The program is administered by the Vermont Department of Mental Health, Vermont Care Partners and in conjunction with other community services in our State. Grant funded by FEMA.

Meet our team

Catherine E. Burns, Ph.D.

Catherine E. Burns, Ph.D.

Clinical Supervisor

 

Cath Burns, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist Doctorate in the State of Vermont and is the Quality Director, VCN/Vermont Care Partners.

She has been the Quality Director for Vermont Care Partners (VCP) since 2015 supporting quality improvement efforts and methodologies across the VCP Network that are coordinated with State partner activities. Prior to VCP, Cath has worked in the Vermont Designated Agency system since 1997 in a variety of clinical and leadership roles.

Cath has experience providing clinical care to children and families in integrated care settings, schools, homes and in the community and currently is a practicing independent psychologist providing integrated care in a pediatric primary care setting.

Cath has provided training around the State for practitioners in community mental health and education, as well as has been an instructor at Johnson State College, the University of Vermont, and in the Program in Community Mental Health for graduates and undergraduates studying psychology and related fields.

Cath earned a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology and a Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Vermont, and a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Alexandra Karambelas

Alexandra Karambelas

Project Director

 

Alex has a passion for furthering non-profit, campaign, and community-based initiatives that uplift and support our Vermont community. In particular, Alex values advocacy on behalf of vulnerable populations who have historically faced barriers to support services. This lens guided Alex’s work as a Support Counselor through COVID support VT, prior to her designation as the program’s Project Manager.

In 2016, Alex had the life changing experience of working for the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, and continued her role as a Coordinator, Organizer, and Regional Director for various electoral, nonprofit, and community campaigns in Vermont and throughout the Northeast. She works as a community organizer in her free time, helping advance initiatives focused on racial justice.

Alex has an undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont, and is attending Northeastern University School of Law in the fall of 2022. She plans to use a public interest law degree to serve the underrepresented.

Alex writes and reads poetry and fiction, and has a passion for live music. She currently lives in Burlington with her partner, and is fortunate to have the unbelievable support of her twin sister and mother.

Cecilia Hayes

Cecilia Hayes

Support Counselor

 

Cecilia is a dedicated, hardworking and loving mother. She moved to Vermont in 2009 to complete an internship, and a six-month college experience, turned into her building a life away from her family to raise one of her own. Ever since, she has called VT “home”.

Cecilia has worked in a variety of roles in the past including, working for an airline, where she got to travel the world and learn about many different cultures. She also worked as a para educator with children with special needs. She earned her Social Work degree from Champlain College during a pandemic, while teaching Spanish for the Burlington School District. She has also volunteered as an English Learning Tutor at Mercy Connections, Inc. and completed over 400 hours of Field Practicum with the Child Welfare Training Partnership at the University of Vermont.

Megan Kastner

Megan Kastner

Support Counselor

 

Megan has a natural calling to support others, which is highlighted by her background in human resources, training and development, and customer service. Megan’s passion for social justice and equity work is centered in both her personal and professional life. She is particularly passionate about equitable employment, racial justice, LGBTQ+ issues, and accessibility.

Megan recently graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Colorado State University, and she is planning to pursue her master’s degree in Counseling.

In 2014, Megan relocated from her home state of Ohio to South Burlington, Vermont. Currently she resides in Hinesburg with her husband and three cats. In her free time, Megan enjoys a wide variety of hobbies. Her all-time favorites include fiber arts (especially embroidery and knitting), practicing her musical skills, and spending time in nature. She also enjoys studying history and mythology.

Nate Reit

Nate Reit

Support Counselor

 

Nate has a background steeped in music, mentorship and personal development. Certified as a transformational life coach through the Brave Thinking Institute, he has spent the last two years helping individuals all over the country overcome internal and external challenges and find greater fulfillment in their lives. He served 7 summer sessions as a teen counselor at Kinhaven Music School and has volunteered at the VT Peace & Justice Center. He is also a professional trombonist, earning his BM from Eastman School of Music in 2009.

A world traveler, Nate spent years performing on cruise ships, exploring new countries and forming friendships with people from many different cultures. He lived in both San Francisco and New York City before settling in Vermont in 2014. After a few recent years away, Nate again relocated to the northern Vermont area. He is immensely grateful to be back in the beautiful Green Mountain State, still his favorite place in the world.

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EMAIL: Info@COVIDSupportVT.org

OFFICE: 802.828.7368

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Who we are

COVID Support VT helps people cope with the pandemic through education, emotional support and connections to community services that promote resilience, empowerment and recovery.

Supporting Vermonters to lead healthy and satisfying lives community by community.

EMAIL: Info@COVIDSupportVT.org

OFFICE: 802.828.7368

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