Meet the Committee

Learn more about the people who are helping to shape the future of Vermont’s case management services.

The Vermont HCBS Conflict Of Interest Advisory Committee

The Vermont Agency of Human Services (AHS) formed the Advisory Committee to help with changes to HCBS case management services. The Committee will share ideas and opinions with AHS, including the Department of Disabilities Aging and Living (DAIL) and the Department of Mental Health (DMH).

Meet the Members

The Committee is made up of people from Vermont. Each member brings a different view or experience with case management. We asked the Committee to share a little about themselves – read below!

Bill Ashe (He/Him/His)

Perspective: Family member and advocate
County: Orange
Bio: Bill has two family members with disabilities who receive services from HCBS. Provider of services in Vermont for over 40 years – recently retired.

Max Barrows (He/Him/His)

Organization: Green Mountain Self-Advocates
Perspective: Outreach Director, receives Home and Community Based Services
County: Washington
Bio: Max is the Outreach Director from Green Mountain Self-Advocates. He mentors his peers with intellectual and developmental disabilities to speak up for themselves and become leaders.

Belinda Bessette (She/Her/Hers)

Organization: Northwestern Counseling & Support Services (NCSS)
Perspective: Director of Adult Services
County: Franklin & Grand Isle
Bio: Belinda is a lifelong resident of Franklin County and makes it a priority to understand and impact all service systems while realizing the longstanding impacts of local and statewide decision making. She and her husband are proudly raising their 3 daughters in the same community she’s devoted her career. She’s spent the past 22 years learning, teaching, questioning and striving to impact the Children Youth and Family system as she worked in that Division at NCSS up until 5 months ago. She now is the Director of Adult Services at NCSS and wishes to expressly support the ongoing efforts to examine, understand, accept and change the system that surrounds all individuals, as appropriate.

Michele Corrow (She/Her/Hers)

Organization: Pride Support Services
Perspective: Agency Staff and Guardian
County: Washington
Bio: Michele is a Program Director at Pride Support Services and has been there for 20 years. Prior to that she served a variety of roles supporting individuals with different needs. She is also the long-time guardian for a woman who receives DD services.

Keith Grier (He/Him/His)

Organization: Washington County Mental Health Services (WCMHS)
Perspective: Agency Staff
County: Washington
Bio: Keith has over 20 years providing HCBS services in the Designated Agency system of care. He is committed to responsive and respectful relationships in service and support provision.

Chandar “Dar” E. Hall (She/Her/Hers)

Perspective: Flexible choices participant and representative/advocate for adults with chronic disease & disability.
County: Chittenden
Bio: Dar is a middle aged woman with complex health issues. She has a background as a residential counselor and currently has a crochet business crocheting amigurumi in Eastern European style

Jessica Leal (She/Her/Hers)

Organization: Brain Injury Alliance of Vermont
Perspective: Director
County: We serve all counties in Vermont
Bio: Jessica Leal is the Director of the Brain Injury Alliance of Vermont. With a degree in Health Information Technology and a background in home and community-based services as a Case Manager, she has held every position within the Alliance from Administrative Assistant to Operations Manager. She became the Organization Director in January 2020 and successfully implemented the Neuro-Resource Facilitation program in 2022.

Lucy Lemay
Nicholas “Nick” McCardle (He/Him/His)

Organization: Bayada Home Health Care
Perspective: Agency Staff
County: Statewide Service Provider
Bio: Transplanted Englishman with 35 years of service to Vermont’s Youth and Families, the last 15 years in Home Care. When not working, Nick is the Middlebury College Women’s rugby coach.

Kirsten Murphy (She/Her/Hers)

Organization: Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council
Perspective: Policy Advocate
County: Washington County
Bio: Kirsten is the Executive Director of the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council (VTDDC). The Council is a federally funded public board charged with improving the lives of Vermonters with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their family caregivers.

Traci Osterhoudt (She/Her/Hers)

Organization: Franklin County Home Health Agency
Perspective: Manager of Social Work and Long Term Care Services
County: Franklin County
Bio: Traci is a social worker who has been working at Franklin County Home Health Agency for over 20 years. Prior to her role as manager of social work and long term care services, she worked as a case manager to partner with individuals accessing the Choices For Care program.

Lindsey Owen
Gloria Quinn

Organization: Upper Valley Services
Perspective: Executive Director
County: We provide services primarily in Orange, Washington, Chittenden and Lamoille County

Tom Rees (He/Him/His)

Organization: Northeastern Family Institute Vermont
Perspective: Northeastern Family Institute Board member and participant in HCBS service
County: Chittenden
Bio: Fifth generation Vermont resident having the privilege of 25 years of experience as a hospital CEO (25 years) and then consultant with hospitals and health systems throughout the country (30 years). Tom is deeply involved in housing for low-income seniors, community mental health systems development, the evolution of Vermont’s health care system, and the role of integrated primary care.

Kate Reilly (She/Her/Hers)

Organization: Central Vermont Council on Aging (CVCOA)
Perspective: Co-Director of Case Management
County: Washington, Lamoille and Orange Counties
Bio: Kate is the Co-Director of Case Management at the CVCOA, serving the 54 towns of Central Vermont. She has worked at CVCOA for many years in different capacities, as a Case Manager, Case Manager Supervisor and now in her current role as Co-Director.

Sarah Robinson
Marla Simpson (She/They)

Perspective: Person with lived experience and professional
County: Orange
Bio: Life-long advocate and friend to animals.

Cinn Smith (She/Her/Hers)

Perspective: Member of State Program Standing Committee (SPSC)/Act 264 Board
County: Rutland County

Nicole Villemaire
Deborah Wesley (She/Her/Hers)

Organization: Addison County Home Health and Hospice
Perspective: Chief Executive Officer and Program Participant
County: Addison
Bio: Committed to her county and the residents they serve.

Susan Yuan
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