Melody B. Frank, Psy.D., Disaster Preparedness & Response Committee Chair
Dr. Clements earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont in 1997, followed by her master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Hartford, which she completed in 2008. Her passion for psychology began early on when she volunteered as a peer helper in high school. Initially, she planned to work with adolescents, but her focus shifted after completing a practicum placement at a high-security male prison in Connecticut, where she was responsible for the mental health needs of individuals designated with gang affiliation. Sara’s forensic work continued at an APA-approved internship at Florida State Hospital, where she explored the complex relationship between severe mental illness and the legal system. After her return to Vermont, Sara became a member of the Howard Center's Criminal Justice Program; much of her time there was spent working with incarcerated women. In 2013, she became licensed as a clinical psychologist and in 2014 became licensed as an alcohol and drug counselor. She opened her private practice in 2015, and works with college students as well as other adults.
Jessica L. Metcalf, Psy.D., Ethics Committee Chair
Dr. Metcalf is a staff psychologist and director of the Graduate Training Program at the University of Vermont Counseling and Psychiatry Services (CAPS). She is a licensed psychologist-doctorate in Vermont and is an approved clinical supervisor. In addition to her focus on training and supervision, Jessica's professional interests include identity development, relationships, stress management, mindfulness-based interventions, the mind-body relationship, and the role of wilderness and other outdoors experiences in personal growth and healing. Jessica has served VPA as a member of the Ethics Committee since 2010 and has worked in a variety of higher-education settings in New England and in the Pacific Northwest. In Vermont, she was director of the Counseling Center at Green Mountain College prior to joining CAPS. She earned her B.A. in psychology from Skidmore College, a M.A. in physiological psychology from the University of New Hampshire, and her M.S. and Psy. D. in clinical psychology from Pacific University.
Dr. Marasch is a licensed psychologist-doctorate with a private practice in Shelburne and a specialty in geropsychology. He has served as the VPA Insurance Chair since 2007, is a past president, and has served as the Federal Advocacy Coordinator for VPA. He is a recipient of the 2014 VPA President’s Award. He comes to the VPA board with experience serving on the boards of the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group, the Jamestown Fine Arts Association, Dismas of Vermont, and Vermont Swings. Dr. Marasch balances his passion for the work of psychology with an appreciation of art, music, and dance. He has performed with the St. Michael’s College Liturgical Choir, the Poughkeepsie Ballet Theater, and the North Dakota Ballet Company.
Dr. Di Marco is affiliated with Twin State Psychological Services. She holds a doctorate degree in forensic psychology from Alliant International University and is a licensed psychologist-doctorate. She previously held positions with the New Jersey Department of Corrections, New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities, New Lisbon Developmental Center, and the New Jersey Parole Board. Dr. Di Marco provides psychological assessment and psychotherapeutic services for adults and children, with advanced training in the assessment and treatment of developmental disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as Psychosexual Disorders in both adults and juveniles with and without developmental disabilities.
Karen Hack, Psy. D., is a psychologist and retired from Northeast Kingdom Human Services after working there for 26 years in Newport and St. Johnsbury. Dr. Hack held various positions at NKHS, the last being the early childhood program director for the children's department. She is the mother of two wonderful daughters, ages 17 and 26. Children's issues and diversity issues have been particular interests of Dr. Hack.
Rick Barnett, Psy.D., M.A., LADC, a past president of VPA, is a clinical psychologist and addiction specialist in private practice in Stowe, Vermont. Dr. Barnett worked as a psychologist and regional manager for Deer Oaks Behavioral Health, providing psychological services in nursing homes across Vermont from 2005-2009. He was senior psychologist at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City from 2003-2005, and was program manager of Physician Education and Training Services at the Hazelden Foundation from 1999-2003.
Dr. Barnett earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from Columbia University in 1996. He holds a doctorate degree in clinical psychology and a master’s degree in clinical psychopharmacology. He has been a licensed alcohol and drug counselor since 1999 and is a specialist in problematic sexual behavior. In 2015, he founded a non-profit organization (CARTER, Inc.) to manage a grant for problem gambling in Vermont from the Vermont Lottery. Dr. Barnett currently serves on the Vermont Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board; Health Care Advisory Group for the Green Mountain Care Board; the Blueprint for Health, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Advisory Committee; Governor’s Health Care Workforce work group; Clinical Advisory Group to Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL); and the Vermont Health Commissioner’s Unified Pain Management System Advisory Council.
Danielle R. Bergeron Ingram, M.S., Southwest Regional Representative and CE Committee Chair
Milton J. Marasch, Ph.D., Insurance Committee Chair and APA Council Representative
A native of central Ohio, Dr. Blair completed his bachelor’s degree at Earlham College in Indiana and his master and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology at Loyola University in Maryland. Starting in 2006, he served as a staff psychologist and later as the Coordinator of Clinical Training at Chase Brexton Health Care in Baltimore, MD. These roles allowed Dr. Blair to develop a specialty in working affirmingly with the LGBTQ community and other populations who have been historically underserved in the mental health field. He also had the honor of developing a training program, providing clinical supervision, delivering didactics to a number of graduate students in psychology and related fields. After relocating to Columbus, Ohio, in 2013, Dr. Blair joined Affirmations Psychological Services, a group psychotherapy practice that consisted of other mental health providers who were dedicated to providing culturally competent health care to the LGBTQ community. He is a recent Vermont transplant who now has his own private practice in downtown Burlington. In addition to working with psychotherapy clients, Dr. Blair is a visiting faculty member at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, one of the earliest and most influential centers for the teaching of gestalt psychotherapy in the world.
Lynda Marshall joined VPA as Executive Director in mid-2017. She brings a wealth of experience in risk management, operations, human resources, consulting, communications, and administration. Lynda practiced law for nearly 15 years, both in New Orleans, Louisiana, and in Vermont, focusing on labor and employment issues. She has also worked in executive management for several Vermont companies, such as the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps and Lamoille County Mental Health Services, where she was the Human Resources Director and a member of the senior leadership team from 2013 through 2016. Lynda graduated from the University of South Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in management information systems, and earned her juris doctor degree, magna cum laude, at The University of Alabama, where she was a member of The Alabama Law Review.
Jeffrey D. McKee, Psy.D., Vice-President
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Lynda L. Marshall, J.D., Executive Director (ex-officio)
Dr. McKee is the Vice President of Community & Behavioral Health Services at Rutland Regional Medical Center. He is responsible for the overall direction, leadership and operational management of community and behavioral health services, including: Psychiatric Services Inpatient Unit, Rutland Regional Behavioral Health, West Ridge Center, Social Work Department, Community Health Team, and the Bowse Health Trust. He also serves a key role in developing services that address the coordination of health care services within the hospital and across the community. Previously he served as RRMC’s Director of Psychiatric Services since 2006. Prior to joining RRMC, he served as the Director of Child and Family Services at Rutland Mental Health Services from 2000 to 2006.
Dr. McKee is a licensed Psychologist who completed his Doctor of Psychology and Master of Science in Clinical Psychology at Indiana State University. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Castleton University. He has served on numerous statewide committees related to the provision of mental health and substance abuse services. He is a native of Rutland, Vermont where he currently lives with his wife and two children.
Gus Jordan, Ph.D., President
Danielle Ingram completed undergraduate studies at St. Michael’s College, where she was the recipient of the John D. Donoghue Award for outstanding contribution, leadership and commitment to the college’s student newspaper. She holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the College of St. Joseph, where she served as vice-president and president of the college chapter of Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology. She was also the recipient of the Dr. John Bill Professional Leadership Award as outstanding graduate student from the Division of Psychology and Human Services for 2010.
She has worked as a clinician and psychologist at the Community Access Program in the Developmental Services Division of Rutland Mental Health, Inc., for the past 11 years. At CAP, she provides crisis counseling, for children and adults on the autism spectrum, intellectual disabilities and other developmental, medical and mental health disorders. She also performs a variety of psychological assessments, including forensic and diagnostic assessments, eligibility evaluations, and risk assessments. Danielle also consults with clinical treatment teams and supervises intake staff. She writes funding proposals, is a member of the local funding committee, a clinical representative for the crisis prevention team, crisis work group, and Human Rights Committee, as well as serving as a consultant for program staff and program development purposes. Danielle is also in private practice in Middlebury, focusing on conducting evaluations and counseling for children and adults with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, stress management, intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, personal growth, self-esteem and relationship issues. She is a licensed professional counselor in Wisconsin and a licensed psychologist-master in Vermont.
Karen J. Hack, Psy.D., Northeast Regional Representative
Glenn Soberman, Ph.D., Northwest Regional Representative
Andrew D. Blair, Psy.D., Diversity & Social Justice Committee Chair
Richard Barnett, Psy.D., M.S., LADC, Legislative Committee Chair & Federal Advocacy Coordinator
Gus Jordan is a licensed psychologist-doctorate in the State of Vermont. He has been at Middlebury College since 1996 where he taught clinically oriented courses in the department of psychology, served as associate dean of the College, acting dean of the College, and dean of students before being named executive director of health services and counseling in January of 2011. As executive director he oversees the work of the College health center, the counseling center, and the department of sports medicine. At points in his career he also worked in private practice in Indiana and in Vermont. Gus has published on topics ranging from academic dishonesty and professional ethics to family structure and its relation to depression in children. He received his B.A. in psychology from Emory University, his M.Div. from Yale University and his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Notre Dame.
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VPA Board of Directors
The VPA Board of Directors comprises psychologists across the spectrum of practice areas. In addition to their busy practices, they work hard to ensure that resources like ethics consultations are available to members, that continuing education courses are timely and topical, and to promote legislation that promotes the field of psychology.
Sara M. Clements, Psy.D., LADC, Secretary/Treasurer
Jessica G. Di Marco, Psy.D., Southeast Regional Representative
(Adapted from APA Website, 2017)
Dr. Frank is currently the Director of Students and Well-Being/School Psychologist at Harwood Union Middle and High School. Dr. Frank is a licensed clinical psychologist-doctor and a licensed school psychologist in Vermont. She holds a master’s degree in Psychological Research from California State University, Long Beach; and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, New England. Her area of expertise lies in working with children and adolescents; her clinical and school-based work (i.e., public, alternative, and day treatment school settings) has included comprehensive psychological evaluations, facilitating trainings, and providing therapeutic services focused on trauma, anxiety, depression, substance use, and learning disorders. She has provided individual and family therapy and parent support in inpatient, outpatient, and medical hospital settings. Prior to joining the staff at Harwood, Dr. Frank incorporated sports psychology in her work with elite high school- and college-aged athletes suffering from substance use and/or mental health disorders. Over the past 10 years, her research and focus has been on school-based mental health with the goal of increasing students’ opportunities to develop necessary social and emotional skills to manage the many challenges of life. This led her to join a school system with hopes of impacting as many youth as possible.
Glenn Soberman, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist-doctorate, life coach and an ordained interfaith minister with over 30 years of clinical experience. He is also a certified teacher, therapist, and supervisor of Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT) and currently has a private practice in Burlington and Montpelier, Vermont, as well as in Kingston, New York. He has provided trainings in AIT to mental health professionals in North America, Central America and Europe.
Glenn is also a published author. His latest book is called Letting Go: A Self Help Manual for Emotional Well-Being. He has also been an adjunct faculty professor in the undergraduate psychology department at SUNY New Paltz and the graduate psychology department at Marist College.
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