Admin and Board of Directors
Sally Kerschner, RN, MSN (Ferrisburgh, VT) – President
Sally Kerschner, MSN, RN is the MCH Injury Prevention Coordinator, 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 been involved with the Vermont Public Health Association for over ten years and has served as President since 2017. Professional interests include population health planning, systems development, public health policy, and maternal and child health issues such as environmental, periconceptual health, injury prevention, and rural health.
Steve Warren (Essex Junction, VT) – Treasurer
Steve has been employed by the University of Vermont Medical Center since 1993 following his graduation from Champlain College. Currently, he is the Manager of the Grants Management Finance department at the hospital. For more than a decade 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. He has served as the Treasurer of the board of the Vermont Public Health Association since joining it in 2016.
Kenneth Allen Ed.D., MBA (Burlington, VT)
Kenneth is a senior lecturer in the Department of Biomedical and Health Sciences at the University of Vermont. Prior to moving to Vermont, Kenneth worked for Kaiser Permanente in Northern California as a clinical education coordinator, project manager, and director of imaging services. His work has often focused on regulatory compliance and advocacy, addressing inequities in the delivery of healthcare, and quality improvement in the delivery of diagnostic services. Kenneth received his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Vermont in 2016. His research interests include college matriculation patterns of students who are typically underrepresented in the healthcare workforce and the safe and effective use of radiation in diagnostic imaging. His teaching focus is in the areas of healthcare finance, management, and sustainability.
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.
Matthew Dugan, MA (Burlington, VT)
Matt is a lecturer in the department of Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont, where he teaches communication. Matt is also 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.
Erin Flynn, MPA (Shelburne, VT)
Erin Flynn is a Health Care Project Director at the Department of Vermont Health Access’ Payment Reform division where she has served in various roles since 2013. Erin earned a Bachelor of Science from Ithaca College and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Vermont. In addition to more recent service to the State of Vermont, Erin has served in various public health and education roles both at home and abroad. Primary professional interests lie in designing and implementing integrated systems for the delivery of health care and human services driven my comprehensive and sustainable financing reform.
Joyce Gallimore, CPHQ, MPH (South Burlington, VT)
Joyce Gallimore provides consulting on a variety of health related issues including quality improvement projects, healthy lifestyle choices, consumer education, and health care delivery. She was the Director of the Accountable Care Organization formed by the Vermont federally qualified health centers, with administrative support from Bi-State Primary Care. She implemented quality improvement and consumer protection initiatives for MVP Health Care in Vermont for 10 years. Prior to this, she directed review, licensing and surveillance activities for the New York Department of Health. Joyce earned a Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, Currently she is pursuing creative projects including writing and singing, and work that supports active and sustainable communities.
Deb Hinchey, MPH (Williston, VT)
Deb is a senior lecturer in the undergraduate Health Sciences program at UVM. Prior to joining UVM, Deb spent six years as faculty at the University of Washington School of Public Health. Deb also served as the director of health promotion at Seattle University for many years, where she focused on developing evidence-based interventions to improve student health outcomes. Deb’s areas of interest include community-based public health practice, health equity, experiential education, community-campus partnerships and evidence-based approaches to teaching public health. Deb received her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Washington School of Public Health.
Theo Kennedy, Esq., M.P.H.
Maureen Leahy, M.Ed (Burlington, VT)
Maureen Leahy is the Director of the University of Vermont Medical Group and provides management leadership for multiple clinical sites such as Neurology, Psychiatry, Children’s, Women’s and Orthopedics services. Maureen earned a M.Ed and also a Certification of Advanced Management Studies from St. Micheal’s College. In addition to her extensive background and expertise in health care management, she also serves as the President of the VT Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Assn. Maureen taught emergency medical response at the University of Vermont and was Fire Lieutenant of the South Burlington Fire Department.
Margaret Robinson, RN, BSN, MPH (Burlington, VT)
Margaret has worked at the Vermont Department of Health since 1999. She began her career in public health as a public health nurse in the St. Albans District Office promoting and practicing the principles and standards of public health and nursing science through work with various programs such as immunizations, epidemiology, environmental health, school health and WIC. Starting in 2007, Margaret began working for the Health Department’s Immunization program which involved collaboration with physicians, office staff, public health nurses, and stakeholders to convey information regarding immunization guidelines, recommendations, storage & handling requirements, coverage rates, and vaccine-specific promotion projects. Margaret oversaw Vermont’s Vaccine for Children’s Program and providing program development and management including training healthcare professionals, creating policies, and developing systems to monitor program standards to assure compliance with federal grant requirements. Since 2012 Margaret has been the Public Health Nursing Director. Those job duties include public health nursing developmental across the department, develop collaborative relationships with Vermont Schools of Nursing and community organizations to support public health nursing and promote the principles and standards of public health nursing within the Health Department. She is also responsible for the development and maintenance of Health Department clinical procedures and protocols and plans and assists with all clinic operations for disease investigations and/or emergency response events. Margaret provides supervisory guidance for the Rural Health Program work, assist with the Health Department’s workforce development and oversees the Health Department’s Patient Safety Program.
Laural Ruggles, MBA, MPH (St. Johnsbury, VT)
Laural Ruggles, MBA, MPH is VP of Marketing and 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.
Madison Shaffer (Burlington, VT)
Madison Shaffer is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of Vermont, majoring in Health and Society with minors in Statistics and African Studies. Within the university, she has helped advocate for and build the Health and Society Major as well as creating the university's first local public health club, VtPHA. As the president of the Vermont Student Assembly for Public Health (VtPHA), she has organized and run various public health initiatives in Burlington, Vermont. The club partners with the local community health centers to cook meals for the Burlington homeless population, they have lead seminars and panel discussions on issues such as gun control and are hosting a mental health speaker in the fall of 2019 on campus. Professional interests include human rights and public health equity. As a board member of VtPHA, Madison helps to provide a student's voice and works to engage the local youth in public health.
JoEllen Tarallo, Ed.D, MCHES, FASHA (Brattleboro, VT)
Dr. Tarallo, 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 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 more than 20 graduate-level courses and has published curriculum, provides thought leadership with a focus on systems transformation and innovation, interdisciplinary and diverse partner engagement and has extensive grant writing and management experience.