Staff

Wilda L. White

Wilda L. White

Executive Director

 

Wilda L. White is the Executive Director of Vermont Psychiatric Survivors. She is also Chair of the Vermont Mental Health Crisis Response Commission, created in 2017 by the Vermont legislature to review and improve law enforcement interactions with persons acting in a manner that created reason to believe a mental health crisis was occurring.

Before joining VPS in 2015, she was the Executive Director of the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at the University of California Berkeley School of Law, where she created programs and curricula for students interested in pursuing public interest careers. She also convened groundbreaking symposiums focused on the intersection of race, sex and gender, and taught seminars on white privilege, and implicit bias. She was an Assistant City Editor at the Miami Herald during the time that the newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, served as an international management consultant with McKinsey & Company, and was a name partner in a San Francisco plaintiff’s litigation law firm.

She is licensed to practice law in New York, California, and Massachusetts. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Vermont, a Juris Doctorate from the University of California Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration, from which she graduated with honors.

Wilda is an avid squash player.

She lives in Poultney with Marley, her black lab.

Anne B. Donahue

Anne B. Donahue

News Editor of “Counterpoint”

 

Anne B. Donahue is News Editor of Counterpoint. She is also a member of the Vermont House of Representatives. She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the House Health Care Committee.

Anne is a member of the Green Mountain Care Board Community Advisory Committee and of the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Advisory Committee of the Vermont Blueprint for Health. She was a member of the legislature’s Joint Mental Health Oversight Committee from 2005 to 2014, and co-chair in 2011-12.

She has received advocacy awards for her work from the Vermont Suicide Prevention Center (2017); the Vermont Children’s Forum (2006), the Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights (2004), and Vermont Protection and Advocacy (2001).

In 1990, Anne was recognized for her work with homeless children by the National Institute for Public Service Jefferson Award in the category of “Greatest Accomplishment by a Person Age 35 or Younger.” She received a Lifetime Achievement award from the Institute in 1997.

Anne served on the Subcommittee on the Inclusion of Individuals with Impaired Decision-making in Research, Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections, Department of Health and Human Services in 2008-9. In 2014-5, she served on a 5-member expert review panel to evaluate human research protection practices at the University of Minnesota.

Anne is a member of the bar, inactive status, in Vermont, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia.

Anne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Philosophy from Boston College from which she graduated magna cum laude. She also holds a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center.

Michael Sabourin

Michael Sabourin

Patient Representative

 

Michael Sabourin is a Patient Representative for Vermont Psychiatric Survivors, serving the northern part of the State of Vermont. He has been the patient representative at the Vermont State Hospital and subsequent facilities for a decade. Before that, he worked in mental health as an interim director for Another Way in Montpelier and as a writer for Counterpoint.

Michael currently serves on the non-profit boards of Another Way and Disability Rights Vermont (DRVT).  Previously he served on the boards of Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights (VCDR) and Northeast Kingdom Human Services.

Michael has a diverse array of interests and work experience. He worked primarily as a career, letter carrier for the US Postal Service (and served as a union officer and steward), as well as several stretches as an athletic official.

He is also an avocational entomologist, has published several research papers on lepidoptera, and currently serves as president of the Vermont Entomological Society.

Calvin Moen

Calvin Moen

Director of Training

 

Calvin Moen is currently the Director of Training for Vermont Psychiatric Survivors. He also copyedits the organization’s quarterly newspaper, Counterpoint, and serves on the newspaper’s Advisory Board. Calvin joined VPS in 2014 as a peer advocate in the Brattleboro office.

He advocates around issues of self-determination and autonomy within a network of systems, including access to housing, use of healthcare and mental health services, economic survival, etc. He is an experienced group facilitator and trainer/educator, on topics including crisis response, alternatives to policing, and peer-to-peer support, through a social justice framework.

Calvin is a certified Intentional Peer Support trainer and is also certified in Medication Withdrawal Harm Reduction. He is a writer, editor, copyeditor, and proofreader with 13 years in publishing with leading educational publishers, technical experts, and nonprofits.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Cloud State University, and a Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame.

He is also one-half of the Brattleboro-based electropop duo badweatherfriend.

Kate DeWolfe

Kate DeWolfe

Patient Representative

 

Kate DeWolfe is a Patient Representative based in our Brattleboro office. Kate, whose pronouns are “they/them/theirs,” has several years of experience in the nonprofit sector, behavioral health, and as an educator. They are also an artist and illustrator creating graphics inspired by climate justice, community involvement, and thermodynamics. Before joining VPS, Kate worked as a professional artist and as a coordinator of various local-works projects with the Beehive Design Collective in Machias, Maine.

Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Art and a Bachelor of Science degree in Cinema and Photography from Ithaca College, with some graduate coursework in Community Psychology from St. Cloud State University.

Kate is a hobby naturalist and nature photographer with a particular interest in insects and macro-fungi. Kate is also a frequent contributor to the Vermont Atlas of Life. Kate’s work has also been published at Mad In America.

Christina Temple

Christina Temple

Peer Advocate

Christina Temple is a Peer Advocate with Vermont Psychiatric Survivors. Before joining VPS in early 2018, she worked at The Vermont Country Store for six years as a clerk at the North Clarendon Distribution Center. She has raised two sons as a single mother; one son is an Assistant Film Editor in Hollywood; the other is a teacher in Kansas City, Missouri.

She enjoys walking in the woods with her dog and taking her swimming, making and maintaining flower gardens, cooking, music, and going to the ocean.

She studied Human Services and Business at Community College of Vermont.

Amanda Elizabeth Leite

Amanda Elizabeth Leite

Peer Advocate

Amanda Elizabeth Leite is a Peer Advocate with Vermont Psychiatric Survivors. Before joining VPS in early 2018, Amanda worked as a nanny for the last decade. She is interested in helping children of all needs and abilities reach their goals and live joyful lives by working with families on building support systems for their children. In addition to working for Vermont Psychiatric Survivors, Amanda Elizabeth owns and operates her own design business.

Amanda studied social work at Castleton University from 2011 – 2014.

Amanda has a love for reading and writing and in her spare time enjoys volunteering for her church.

Amy Wales

Amy Wales

Peer Recovery Specialist

Amy Wales is a Peer Recovery Specialist with Vermont Psychiatric Survivors (VPS). In that capacity, she works at Second Spring, a residential step-down facility located in Williamstown, Vermont.

Amy is also a certified WRAP facilitator and is experienced leading groups in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness, and Career Counseling.

Amy also serves on the board of Alyssum, a peer-run crisis respite located in Rochester, Vermont.

After coming to Vermont in 1981, Amy helped establish one of Vermont’s first cooperative day care centers that enrolled infants as well as preschoolers. For nine years, she owned an award-winning restaurant in the resort town of Stowe and remains an accomplished cook and pastry chef. Amy also ran the Montpelier office for a state-wide jobs training program serving as both case manager and job developer. In addition, Amy volunteered as a long-time, hotline operator offering support to victims of domestic abuse.

While living in Massachusetts, Amy taught creative movement and dance to kindergarteners and ESL to Spanish speaking students at the Joseph Hurley School located in Boston’s south-end.

Amy studied English at Emerson College and studied dance and choreography at the Boston Conservatory.

Amy is an active member of the Unitarian Church in Montpelier and is a published children’s author.

Conor Cash

Conor Cash

Peer Advocate

 

Conor Cash is a Peer Advocate with Vermont Psychiatric Survivors and a recent transplant to the Brattleboro area. He has worked in the non-profit sector, the legal field, and in academia as an instructor in human geography. He is interested in the intersections of mental health phenomena and broader societal and environmental crises, as well as the interplay between what we refer to as addiction with the formal market economy. In addition to his work with Vermont Psychiatric Survivors he grows oyster mushrooms for sale at farmer’s markets in the region.

He received a BA in Geography in 2008 and an MA in Geography in 2011, both from the University of Arizona.

He enjoys hiking and running when it is warm and hibernating in the fictional worlds of print and film when it is cold.

Catherine Pither

Catherine Pither

Peer Advocate

 

Catherine Pither is a Peer Advocate with Vermont Psychiatric Survivors. She recently relocated to Vermont from the New York City area. Most recently, she was employed as a Mental Health Counselor at Head Start, providing counseling and support to children and families. She has provided respite services to families and worked as a Resident Service Provider at a low-income housing unit to assist the residents in obtaining services, gaining support and designing and implementing recreational programs.

Catherine has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Montclair State University in Upper Montclair, New Jersey and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York, from which she graduated with distinction.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her three children and doing crafts, particularly crocheting. She loves animals and has helped to rescue many cats and dogs and the occasional bird.

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