Community Education Series 2023

The Marna and Stephen Wise Tulin Spring Community Education Series

Welcome to the 2022 Marna and Stephen Wise Tulin Spring Community Education Series. 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 presentations, film screenings, and panel discussions and are always followed by the opportunity for discussion and Q & A. See below for more information about our 2022 events on gambling, cyberbullying, and making Vermont more welcoming and inclusive for our diverse community.

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May 18, 2022 6:00 – 7:30 pm How can we make Vermont more welcoming and inclusive for our diverse community? Panel discussion followed by Q & A.

Vermont is one of the least diverse states in the nation. With that as our starting point, how can Vermont attract more people with diverse backgrounds and help them find community so they decide to stay? Join a panel of professionals working to promote diversity and equity in area businesses and institutions to hear about lessons they’ve learned in the workplace, and how those lessons can be applied to make the Green Mountain State more welcoming and inclusive.


Jacob Bogre is the Executive Director of the Association for Africans Living in Vermont.

Dr. Marissa N. Coleman is the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Vermont Medical Center.  She is a practicing bilingual, clinical psychologist and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont. Dr. Coleman has been a guest speaker at international conferences and media outlets including CNN Español, International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, and several local news outlets. She worked in multiple international contexts, particularly working with individuals and communities disaffected by human rights violations, conflict/war, torture, health epidemics, and trauma. Utilizing her expertise in social justice, traumatology, cultural and community psychologies, she seeks to contribute to local capacity building, infrastructure development, and culturally humble approaches to what is considered “best practice” in the areas of equity, belonging, and psychological well-being. She has worked in numerous countries including Jamaica, Brazil, Mexico, Kenya, and El Salvador.  Notably, her work is impacted by her own multicultural background and transnational experiences.

Yasamin Gordon (she/her) is the Equity Director for the City of Winooski. Ms. Gordon has 20 years of experience in social justice & equity advocacy, community engagement & outreach and has a thorough understanding of systemic and institutional racism. Yasamin is in constant collaboration with diverse populations, uplifts and seeks to amplify voices of the oppressed & marginalized. Ms. Gordon worked previously as a LEAD DEI Coach for the Champlain Valley School District and Planning Room Director for Shelburne Community School, as well as previous social work in the non- profit sector. She has had the pleasure of presenting for local and national DE & I Organizations and is personally invested in & actively engaged in dismantling systemic oppression. She is an international traveler and her daily inspirations are the writings and teachings of Nelson Mandela and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Jude Smith Rachele is the CEO and co-founder of Abundant Sun, an international consulting firm. She is a social entrepreneur, academic, artist, and a public speaker. Originally from the USA, Jude has for decades lived and worked internationally between the UK, Europe, and the Americas. She is a highly experienced, charismatic, dynamic, and insightful leader, and a regular moderator of Howard Center’s conferences and events.

Jude started her career as a diversity and inclusion trainer, but has since dedicated herself to cultural transformation driven specifically by data analytics, business ethics, leadership and governance. She has designed numerous programs to help professionals display inclusive behaviors, to understand and respond respectfully to various cultural traditions, behaviors and values, and most importantly to improve their ethical decision-making processes. Jude holds a BA in Psychology and a PhD in Business. She is the author of many articles , and of her own recent book “Dismantling Diversity Management: Introducing an Ethical Performance Improvement Campaign.” Jude has been a regular commentator on Vermont Public Radio delivering several powerful and insightful commentaries on contemporary issues. She has also been leading Howard Center’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives since 2015.

Tino Rutanhira was born in Harare, Zimbabwe. He completed university studies in South Africa before immigrating to the US. Tino is currently employed at He sits on the Board of The Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce as well as the Board of The Janet S Munt Family Room. An Entrepreneur by heart, Tino has produced and hosted his own podcast, owns and operates Best In VT Tours & Charters, acted in a play at the Flynn, and performed Standup Comedy at the VT Comedy Club. In 2019, he co-founded the Vermont Professionals of Color Network. When not working or creating, Tino enjoys listening to music or podcasts, and watching or playing in competitive sports. Most importantly, Tino is a single parent of the most beautiful, intelligent, independent, motivated 16 year old daughter. Parenting is by far his biggest source of pride and joy.

May 4, 2022 6:00 – 7:30 pm The Upstanders an iNDIEFLIX film about cyberbullying. Film followed by panel discussion and Q & A.

The Upstanders explores all sides of cyberbullying, from bully to victim, bystanders, and family members. Social media’s power means that bullying is now a 24/7 phenomenon, where even changing schools and phone numbers, or deleting accounts cannot stop the cycle. COVID has increased the incidence of cyberbullying by 70%. Changing human behavior and connection is the key, and this is what the film addresses.

Weaving together personal stories of teenagers and their families, as well as teachers and brain-scientists, The Upstanders shows the importance of empathy and resilience to transforming attitudes and action, and highlights new laws and established programs that are already reducing bullying in schools and communities. It shows that everyone is needed to eradicate cyberbullying, and gives bystanders the confidence and tools to become ‘Upstanders’, and help change the narrative. To view the trailer, please visit their website. Cyberbullying resources are available here.

This film screening and panel discussion is hosted in partnership with Champlain Community Services. This event was not recorded.


Logan Cross is a senior in the Big Picture Program, at South Burlington High School. They are currently working on their capstone project where they are tasked to pick something they are interested in, take on a leadership role, and help serve a community’s needs. Logan has chosen to work with local mental-health services providers, including the Howard Center and the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Logan has always been interested in working with people and helping those in need, specifically in the area of mental health.

Michelle Fane, M.S., LCMHC  is the Clinical Director Outpatient Counseling for Children, Youth, and Family Services. Michelle has been working in the Mental Health field for 24 years. She completed her Master of Science degree in Counseling from the University of Vermont in 1997 and earned her Clinical Mental Health license in 2000. Michelle has developed her skills as a trauma informed clinician, effective clinical supervisor, successful program developer, and psychosexual evaluator. Trauma informed clinical services have been provided through out-reach, in-home services and clinic based treatment. Michelle’s career has focused on children, youth, adults, and families experiencing broad based symptoms frequently related to early exposure to childhood trauma. Her areas of expertise include emergency mental health assessment and intervention, trauma informed therapy with children, adolescents, and families, and as a trained psychosexual evaluator of adolescents who have committed a sexual offense. Michelle is an experienced trainer and provides workshops and consultation in the areas of trauma and sexual abuse to children, youth, and their families.


March 28, 2022 6:00-7:00 pm Problem gambling and its effects: help and treatment is available.

Panelists are Dan Hall, LADC and Mallory Stunell, LADC, LCMHC, from Howard Center, Jacqueline Posley from Vermont Department of Liquor and Lottery, and Cait Huble from the National Council on Problem Gambling.  For more information please visit Vermont Problem Gambling Resource Center and the National Council on Problem Gambling websites. Click here to view and download the powerpoint presentation.

Scroll below for recordings from our 2020 and 2021 series or you can view earlier recordings of the sessions here.

Past Community Education Series Events

April 6, 2021 2:00-3:30 pm: Erin Roelke and Millie Richard | Hoarding and Clutter: Community Support Approaches. To view and download the event powerpoint presentation, please click here.

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

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

Past World Mental Health Day Speaker Series:


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.