Community Education Series 2021

The Marna and Stephen Wise Tulin Spring Community Education Series

We are pleased to present our spring events. Due to COVID-19, all sessions will be by Zoom webinar. Our series is free and open to the public and offers timely educational sessions and dialogue on a variety of current topics related to mental health, substance use, and developmental needs. The sessions include panel presentations, film screenings, and speakers and are always followed by the opportunity for discussion and a Q & A. While these events are free, registration is required for our virtual Zoom webinars. Scroll below for recordings from our 2020 series or you can view 2019 and earlier recordings of the sessions here.

If interpretive services are needed, please contact Denise Vignoe at 802-488-6912 with two weeks advance notice if possible.

March 9, 2021 6:00-7:15 pm: Dr. John Brooklyn | Alcohol Use – Why we should be talking about it

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Speaker Info: Dr. John Brooklyn graduated from Brown University Program in Medicine and is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine. He is an Associate Clinical Professor on the UVMMC Family Medicine and Psychiatry faculty and the physician expert in the UVM Center on Rural Addiction. He is the Medical Director of the Howard Center Chittenden Clinic Hub and the Baymark St. Albans Hub. He continues as a Family Physician at Community Health Centers of Burlington.

He has been a strong advocate for people with substance use disorders to be integrated into medical homes and conceived of the internationally recognized VT Hub and Spoke Model to integrate the treatment of opioid use disorders in the general population. He helped create CHARM, an integrated nationally recognized model to treat pregnant opioid users and their children. He is a national mentor for substance use disorder treatment and a trainer for students, residents and faculty members throughout the US. His interests remain primary care, interface of behavior and health, promotion of healthy lifestyles, preventative care, treatment of substance use disorders, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing. He is using technological solutions to increase access to opioid agonist treatment and directs the tele-monitoring project at the Chittenden Clinic.

April 6, 2021 2:00-3:30 pm: Erin Roelke and Millie Richard | Hoarding and Clutter: Community Support Approaches

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Speaker Info: Erin Roelke has been working with individuals with hoarding disorder and excessive clutter for over 5 years, both through one-on-one support and by facilitating an evidence based peer-support workshop, Buried in Treasures. She is passionate about helping individuals reach their own goals while maintaining independence and autonomy. Erin now serves as the Director of Care and Service Coordination at Age Well, where she oversees programming that can provide support to individuals facing challenges with hoarding and clutter.

Speaker Info: Millie Richard facilitates the evidence based Buried in Treasures workshop for Age Well and is a volunteer Peer Advocate on the Chittenden County Hoarding Task Force.  By sharing stories from her own lived experience with hoarding and squalor, she hopes to put a human face on clutter related issues in our community. With 9+ years’ experience with peer support, she has heard it all–you can ask her questions you’d be too polite to ask your neighbors.


Our 2021 Spring Community Education Series is supported by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont

February 17, 2021: Maureen McGough, J.D., Policing Project, NYU School of Law | Policing, Community Relationships, and Public Health and Safety

Talk: Maureen McGough, J.D. will give a talk about the work of The Policing Project, followed by a Q & A session.

Speaker Info: Maureen McGough, J.D. is the Chief of Staff for the Policing Project at NYU law, where she oversees national efforts to improve accountability and transparency in policing, reimagine public safety, and improve the representation of women in policing.  She joined the Policing Project from the National Police Foundation, where she led the non-profit’s research, training, and technical assistance efforts as Director of National Programs. Prior to joining the National Police Foundation, Maureen spent a decade with the federal government in various roles with the US Department of Justice and US Department of State. She served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Director of the National Institute of Justice – the USDOJ’s research, development, and evaluation agency – where she led agency efforts to advance evidence-based policing and implement systems-level criminal justice reform initiatives. Additional federal experience includes serving as counsel on terrorism prevention to the Deputy Attorney General, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, and coordinator for federal AIDS relief efforts through the U.S. Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda. Maureen is a member of the FBI’s Law Enforcement Education and Training Council, an executive board member for the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing, and is a recent public leadership executive fellow with the Brookings Institution.  Maureen is an attorney and earned her J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.

Past World Mental Health Day Speaker Series:

Past Community Education Series Events – An Overview of Cannabidiol (CBD) — Magic Elixir or Not?  November 13, 2019

Touted by some as a safe and effective cure for conditions including anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, epilepsy, and even cancer, CBD products have become widely available at local retailers and online. However, other than one prescription drug used to treat a rare form of epilepsy, the Food and Drug Administration hasn’t approved any CBD products, and questions remain about both its effectiveness and safety. Join a panel of experts for an interactive discussion on what is known and not known about CBD including ways people are using it, common adverse effects and medication interactions, and other relevant and useful information. Watch the full discussion below.

A panel presentation moderated by Sandra Steingard, MD
6:00-7:30 p.m., 1 Howard Street, Burlington

Moderator: Sandra Steingard, MD

Dr. Steingard, M.D. is the Chief Medical Officer at Howard Center where she has worked for over 24 years. She is also a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine. Her clinical practice includes patients with schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses. She has an interest in early episode psychosis and has participated in statewide and agency initiatives to better serve this population and their families. She has trained in Open Dialogue and is a member of the planning group developing Collaborative Network Approach, a Vermont developed adaptation of Open Dialogue and reflecting approaches. She serves on the Boards of the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care, American Association of Community Psychiatrists, and Mad In America Continuing Education. She was named to Best Doctors in America in 2003. She is the editor of the recently published book, Critical Psychiatry, Controversies and Clinical Implications, a practical resource for clinicians seeking a solid foundation in the contemporary controversies within the field. an Associate of the International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal. Dr. Steingard is editor-in-chief of Community Mental Health Journal, speaks internationally, and writes a blog called “Anatomy of a Psychiatrist” on the website


Vermont Cannabinoid Clinic was founded in 2018 by Paul Jerard, PA-C to help provide Vermonters with evidence based information about medical cannabinoids. Mr. Jerard is a physician assistant with 15 years of clinical experience, mostly in emergency medicine. He has invested many hours of continuing medical education toward learning the physiology of the endocannabinoid system and the clinical uses of the various cannabinoids, and was involved in the development of online medical education modules covering these topics for the University of Vermont Medical School. He continues to work in the local ER, giving him an intimate familiarity with the local patient population and the chance to talk frankly to many patients about their needs regarding medical cannabinoids.

Dr. Clayton D. English, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPP, BCGP is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences and a practicing board certified psychiatric pharmacist at University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont.   Dr. English’s work at UVM Medical Center involves providing clinical pharmacy services for patients on UVM’s two adult inpatient psychiatric units as well as outpatient psychopharmacology consultations. In addition to providing clinical pharmacy services, Dr. English is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.  Dr. English serves as a preceptor for pharmacy students, pharmacy residents, and medical residents.  Dr. English was the recipient of the Award of Excellence in Academic Teaching from the University of Vermont Psychiatry Residents in 2012, 2017, and 2019 and was named Vermont Pharmacist of the Year in 2013 by the Vermont Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists.  Dr. English is an active member of the Vermont Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (VTSHP) and the College of Psychiatric & Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP).

Bridget Conry currently serves Champlain Valley Dispensary/Ceres Natural Remedies in the role of Director of Brand Experience. As such, she is the lead on product development and all marketing/educational functions. She began her career with CVD in 2013 as the Infusion Kitchen Manager, creating the recipes, infrastructure and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the state licensed medical cannabis facility. She was promoted to Director of Operations in 2015 and was responsible for the implementation of the organization’s mission statement and SOPs across all production departments: Cultivation, Processing, QC Lab, Extraction/Refining, Infused Products and Facilities.

Cathleen Cox will join the panel to offer a patient perspective. She has used Cannabinoid (CBD) oil since 2016 as an alternative treatment for lifelong chronic health conditions and related complications. She’ll discuss her experience using CBD oil therapeutically.



General Information

  • If you require special accommodations, please contact or 802-488-6912 with two weeks advance notice.
  • Did you know . . . if you missed any of our previous lecture sessions, you can view on our Community Education Series archive page. Unfortunately, we are unable to video the film screenings.
  • Have suggestions for future topics? We’d love to hear them! Please email them to Denise Vignoe at

Past Community Education Series Event – Daniel, Debra, Leslie, (and You?) on 10/3/19

Daniel, Debra, Leslie, (and You?) A film screening about the complex meaning of “recovery.” How do individuals with serious mental disorders cope? Daniel, Debra, Leslie (and You?) invites us to listen – empathically and constructively – as courageous individuals speak openly and honestly to each other of their experience.

Film to be followed by discussion and Q & A with Leslie Nelson and Jeff Greenberg who are featured in the film and the Co-creators Lois Oppenheim, PhD and Alice Maher, MD.
6:00-8:15 p.m.
Main Street Landing Film House, 60 Lake Street, Burlington


Beth Goss, LCMHC, is a licensed Mental health Counselor with over 30 years of experience. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. Beth is the Clinical Director of Long Term Support and Services at Howard Center working with all age ranges of clients with developmental and mental health needs. Beth is trained in the ARC Model of Trauma Treatment and is currently in a Train the Trainer role. She provides regular trainings on a variety of topics including: Trauma Informed Care, MH System of Care, Compassion Fatigue, In-home Family Work, and Child Development. She is a member of the Trauma Consultation Team at Howard Center. She has been trained in the Collaborative Network Approach and utilizes this approach with families and individuals.

Panel Members:

Leslie Nelson works at Howard Center as the START Team Leader, a position which allows her to continue to work with individuals in crisis and distress. In addition to her work with the START Team Leslie’s a recognized trainer and consultant in Dialogical Network Approaches and Intentional Peer Support. She is often asked to speak about her personal experience of negotiating trauma, addiction, love, and daily life.

Jeff Greenberg shares with viewers some of what he experienced living with, and Loving someone suspended in an altered state in which he had become the main villain.  Jeff courageously opens his heart and shares his feelings granting us the opportunity to watch, listen and learn as two people talk about an incredibly difficult ordeal.

Lois Oppenheim, PhD, is University Distinguished Scholar, Professor of French, and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Montclair State University where she also teaches courses in the Psychology Dept. and the Medical Humanities Program. She is Scholar Associate Member of the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and Honorary Member of the William Alanson White Society. Dr. Oppenheim has authored or edited fourteen books, the most recent being For Want of Ambiguity: Order and Chaos in Art, Psychoanalysis, and Neuroscience (Bloomsbury, 2019 and co-authored with Dr. Ludovica Lumer) and Imagination from Fantasy to Delusion (Routledge, 2013), awarded the Courage to Dream Prize from the American Psychoanalytic Association.

Alice Maher, MD, is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. She graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Institute for Psychoanalytic Education Affiliated with NYU School of Medicine. She is the author of the 2018 book, Catalysis: A Recipe to Slow Down or Abort Humankind’s Leap to War. Dr. Maher is founder and director of Changing Our Consciousness, a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of a language for communication across psychological divides.


View the official trailer for Daniel, Debra, Leslie (and You?) from Ben Wolf.

Past Community Education Series Event – Suicide: The Ripple Effect on 9/26/19

Screening in partnership with Champlain Community Services.

Suicide: The Ripple Effect   This film is part of a global mission to help reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts around the world. Through sharing stories of survival and recovery we are creating significant awareness of this health crisis, while helping people find the support they need to stay alive, heal and #BeHereTomorrow

Documentary to be followed by a discussion and Q & A facilitated by Charlotte McCorkel, LICSW.
6:00-8:30 p.m.
Main Street Landing Film House, 60 Lake Street, Burlington

Facilitator: Charlotte McCorkell, MSW, LICSW

Charlotte is the Senior Director of Client Services at Howard Center. In addition to supporting client services and working to improve access to care, Charlotte works to raise awareness about suicide in our community. Charlotte has a Master of Science in Social Work degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work and holds an undergraduate degree from the State University of New York-College at Geneseo. She is a member of the Vermont School Crisis Planning Team, the Chittenden Accountable Community for Health and the statewide Child Fatality Review Team. Additionally, Charlotte was selected to participate in the 2014-2015 Addressing Health Disparities Leadership Program through the National Council of Behavioral Health. Charlotte is passionate about suicide prevention, disaster response, and the intersection of public health and mental health. Charlotte has been with Howard Center since 2008.

Past Community Education Series Event – Major! on 9/12/19

MAJOR! follows the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a 73-year-old
Black transgender woman who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40
years.  A panel discussion and Q & A moderated by Representative Bill Lippert will follow – see film trailer below.
6:00-8:30 p.m.
Main Street Landing Film House, 60 Lake Street, Burlington

Moderator: Representative Bill Lippert

Bill Lippert’s professional career in Vermont has included leadership in the fields of mental health and substance use services, non-profit management, LGBTQ political advocacy and philanthropy, as well as twenty-five years of legislative service. His legislative work has included prioritizing mental health and substance use disorders as integral elements of health care, civil rights, marriage equality, transgender non-discrimination protections, and much more. Throughout his career in the mental health/substance field, and in his years of legislative service, Lippert has always integrated his professional work with his identity as an openly gay man, successfully combining his activism for LGBTQ protections and civil rights with his broader professional pursuits.

Panel Members:

Gustavo Mercado Muñiz

Gustavo Mercado Muñiz is the Transgender Program Coordinator at the Pride Center of Vermont. They are a queer, non-binary puertorriqueñe born and raised on the island working to center the voices of trans people of color in education. Gustavo is a passionate queer and racial activist who is working on making spaces more accessible and safe for all folks in the community. Their work is focused holding the intersections of community members’ identities in a place of value in terms of the knowledge these intersections generate. This can be seen through the myriad of programming they are continually working on bringing to the Pride Center for the trans community, as well as their work on the Queer & Trans People of Color group.

Amanda Rohdenburg

Amanda earned a BA in Gender Studies and Political Science from Saint Michael’s College and has been an advocate for folks dealing with sexual violence, intimate partner violence, teen dating violence, and stalking for her entire professional life.  As the Associate Director of  Outright Vermont, she works with youth who experience violence and with service providers so that they are better equipped to meet the needs of those youth.

MAJOR! trailer from What Do We Want Films on Vimeo.