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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

Cathy Aikman

Cathy Aikman

Project Director

Cathy Aikman, has a passion to work at non-profits furthering their missions to improve the lives of the people in our local communities. Most recently, she worked in the public policy arena focused on addiction and recovery. She was the Assistant Director at the Turning Point Center of Chittenden County (TPC CC), Project Manager at Aspenti Health and former Executive Director for the Chittenden County Opioid Alliance, which she joined in May 2016. She is also on the Board of the TPCCC as the Vice President and Fundraising Committee co-chair.

Prior work includes Quality Assurance Coordinator at Washington County Mental Health Services and Project Director for Starting Over Strong VT, a FEMA grant statewide crisis counseling program in response to Hurricane Irene.

She put to good use her marketing and coordinator skills, in her early career, as the Volunteer and Marketing Coordinator for the Richmond Floodplain Forest Restoration Project, the Event and Marketing Coordinator for Gardener’s Supply Co., as well as the Corporate Volunteer Event Coordinator for Boston Cares.

Cathy received her Master’s degree from Tufts University with a focus on Urban and Social Policy after receiving her Undergraduate degree at Ripon College majoring in Sociology and minoring in Environmental Biology. Cathy resides in Richmond with her family and enjoys gardening, reading, running, and implementing green solutions.

Catherine E. Burns, Ph.D.

Catherine E. Burns, Ph.D.

Clinical Consultant

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.

Deb Taylor

Deb Taylor

Project Assistant

Deb is excited to join the COVID Support VT team as the part-time Project Assistant.

She has had a varied career ranging from legal recruitment and training at a top Boston law firm, to running a large children’s summer camp, and then heading up the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum. Deb is also a yoga teacher and is interested in all things related to wellness so is especially happy to be working on this grant supporting the mental health and well-being of her fellow Vermonters.

At this stage in her life, she is interested in putting her extensive knowledge and experience to use providing assistance on projects in Vermont’s non-profit sector.

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.

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EMAIL: Info@COVIDSupportVT.org

OFFICE: 802.828.7368

Who we are

COVID Support VT offers self-help tips, resources, and a way to connect to existing mental health and community services.

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

EMAIL: Info@COVIDSupportVT.org

OFFICE: 802.828.7368

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