VTPha

Vermont Public Health Association
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VtPHA Board of Directors..

  • Sally Kerschner, RN, MSN Ferrisburgh, VT - President
    Sally Kerschner, MSN, RN is the MCH Planning Specialist, Division of Maternal and Child Health at the Vermont Department of Health where she has worked since 1983 in a variety of supervisory and management positions for programs dealing with community health and Maternal and Child Health. She has served as a Kappa Tau Chapter Board member for the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing since 2000. Professional interests in population health planning, systems development, public health policy, and maternal and child health issues such as environmental, periconceptual health, injury prevention, and rural health.

  • Burton Wilcke, Jr., Ph.D S. Burlington, VT - Vice President
    Burt Wilcke Chairs the Department of Medical Laboratory and Radiation Sciences in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Vermont and teaches in the areas of microbiology and public health. He formerly served as the Director Health Surveillance for the Vermont Department of Health. Interested in infectious diseases, environmental health and global health. Past president of VtPHA.

  • Steve Warren Essex Junction, VT - Treasurer
    Steve has been employed by the University of Vermont Medical Center for the past 24 years following his graduation from Champlain College. Currently, he is the Manager of the Grants Management Finance department at the hospital. For the past 11 years his work has focused on work with clinical trials, grants, State and Federally funded grants, Community Health Improvement projects and philanthropic activities of the UVM Medical Center's Foundation.

  • Nicole Lukas, MA South Burlington, VT - Secretary
    Nicole Lukas serves as Health Systems Director for the Vermont Department of Health. In this role she oversees a statewide breast and cervical cancer and heart health screening program, with a focus on provider engagement and training, clinical quality improvement, and member relations and communications. She also oversees the state's Cancer Control Program. She also works on and oversees staffs who work on large public health and primary care collaborations that use population health data to drive process improvement in Medicaid and other private payer environments. Ms. Lukas came to the health department after spending several years directing public health and government relations initiatives for the American Heart Association in Vermont. Nicole holds a Master's Degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada.



  • Lori Augustyniak
    Lori Augustyniak has twenty years of experience working in the fields of health promotion and prevention. She coordinates Prevention Works! VT -- a statewide network of community coalitions that promotes evidence-based practices to reduce substance abuse. Previously, Lori served as director for the Cabot Coalition for nearly 15 years and helped that community build a strong infrastructure to address emerging issues to improve quality of life and outcomes for youth. In addition to serving on the board of the Vermont Public Health Association, she is a member of the Governor's Opioid Coordinating Council and chairs the Vermont Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council.

  • Greg Dana, MPA Burlington, VT
    Greg Dana serves as Quality Improvement Facilitator and Evaluation Coordinator on the Vermont Child Health Improvement (VCHIP) team implementing the Vermont Blueprint for Health healthcare reform initiative. Previously he was project director and research analyst with the Office of Health Promotion Research, UVM College of Medicine, administering and conducting evaluation of community- and clinic-based health promotion and disease prevention interventions. Greg has also conducted research, planning and program evaluation for several departments within Vermont state government. He holds a Master of Public Administration from UVM with a focus on public health.

  • Matthew Dugan, MA Burlington, VT
    Matt is the principal of Shadow Associates in Behavior Change, a multimedia company which researches, produces, and evaluates evidence-based messaging in the realms of health and the environment. Matt has worked on issues such as youth smoking, HIV, suicide, sexual assault, and more. His main area of interest is the effect communication has on behavior change. Matt also teaches research methods, marketing, and health communication at Champlain College.

  • Brian Flynn, ScD Shelburne, VT
    Brian Flynn is current Professor Emeritus and interim research director in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Vermont. Brian's work focused on evaluation of population health behavior changes in community health promotion programs with funding from the National Institutes of Health and similar agencies. He led research teams in the Office of Health Promotion Research UVM College of Medicine 1980-2012. Between 2002 and 2014 several Governors appointment him to the Vermont Tobacco Evaluation Review Board which evaluates the statewide tobacco control program.

  • Jessica French, MPH Jericho, VT
    Jessica has over five years of professional public health and health care experience in clinical, community, and statewide settings. Her work has focused on health advocacy, quality improvement, chronic disease prevention, and health promotion, education, and communications. Currently, she is the Health Systems Program Administrator for the Office of Local Health at the Vermont Department of Health. Jessica holds a Master of Public Health in Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Vermont.

  • Joyce Gallimore, MPH South Burlington, VT
    Joyce Gallimore is an independent health consultant doing business as GS Associates, LLC providing contract services based on 30 years in quality improvement, healthy lifestyle choices, consumer education and engagement, government programs and health care delivery. She implemented quality improvement and consumer protection initiatives for MVP Health Care in Vermont for 10 years. Joyce earned a Master's in Public Health from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

  • Tori Houston Burlington, VT
    Tori Houston is the Admin/Communications Coordinator for the Chittenden County Opioid Alliance. In addition to her formal role at the Alliance, Tori is the project lead for the Working Recovery Team; a GE HealthyCities Academy project working to engage and inspire the Chittenden County business community to hire individuals in recovery. Outside of her work, Tori is a full-time graduate student completing her Master of Public Health at UVM.

  • Robin Miller, RDH, MPH Colchester, VT
    Robin serves as the Oral Health Director for the Vermont Department of Health's Office of Oral Health. Robin is a member and past president of the Vermont Dental Hygienists' Association, a member of the New England Rural Health Roundtable (where she serves on the annual conference planning committee), and the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (where she serves as treasurer and best practices committee member). Robin is committed to working with partners to reduce the burden of oral disease and promote oral health for all Vermonters, with a focus on integrating the dental and medical systems of health care.

  • Laural Ruggles, MBA, MPH St. Johnsbury, VT
    Laural Ruggles, MBA, MPH is Director of Community Health Improvement at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital. Laural has over 20 years' experience in healthcare administration, including medical office operations, marketing, and community health. She has been the Project Manager for the St. Johnsbury Blueprint for Health initiative since 2005, and is the architect of their local Community Health Team.

  • JoEllen Tarallo-Falk, Ed.D, MCHES, FASHA Brattleboro, VT
    Dr. Tarallo-Falk, Ed.D., MCHES, FASHA, Executive Director of the Center for Health and Learning (CHL), is a senior executive educational, non-profit and public health professional, who specializes in working with educational, health and community organizations, focusing on issues that affect educational attainment and public health concerns. She has expertise in the assessment, implementation and evaluation of curriculum, policy, and professional development. Dr. Tarallo-Falk has a Doctorate in Educational Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University from the Graduate School of Education, with affiliations at the Kennedy School of Government and Harvard School of Public Health. She is a state licensed and nationally credentialed Health Education Specialist. Her work has included a focus on school climate, chronic disease prevention, mental health promotion, alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention and suicide prevention, bullying and harassment, HIV prevention and sexual health. She has designed and taught online courses in Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drug Education, Promoting Health Through Disease, Violence and Injury Prevention, and is a long term adjunct faculty member at the University of Vermont and The Union Institute. She is the author of WalkSmart / BikeSmart Vermont! and BikeSmart On-Bike curricula which promote "active transportation." Dr. Tarallo-Falk provides thought leadership with a focus on systems transformation and innovation, interdisciplinary and diverse partner engagement. She has extensive Federal, State, and Foundation Grant Writing and Management experience.

  • Jason Williams Burlington, VT
    Jason W. Williams is the Director of Government and Community Relations at the University of Vermont Medical Center. He is a registered lobbyist, and is responsible for policy analysis and representing the UVM Medical Center to local, state and federal appointed and elected officials and bodies. Jason has served on various appointed and elected boards and commissions, including as the Chair of the Burlington Parallel Justice Commission, Chair of the Leadership Champlain Board of Directors, member of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce Board and Executive Committee, member of the Next Generation Commission, member of the Vermont Public Health Association Board of Directors, Chair of the Bolton Fire District, member of the South Burlington Business Association Board of Directors, and member of the Delta Dental Plan of Vermont Board of Directors. Additionally, he is a graduate of Leadership Champlain (07) and the Vermont Leadership Institute (10). Jason lives in Winooski with his wife, Kiersten, and their son, August.