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Our Leadership Team

Mark Redmond

Executive Director

Mark has been Spectrum’s Executive Director since 2003. He has worked with homeless and at-risk youth since 1981 – in New York City; Westchester, NY; and Stamford, CT. Before coming to Spectrum, Mark was the Associate Executive Director of the Domus Foundation and helped start the city’s first charter school for low-income middle school children. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Villanova University and a Masters in Public Administration from New York University. In addition to working at Spectrum, Mark is a writer for the Huffington Post and the author of The Goodness Within: Reaching out to Troubled Teens with Love and Compassion (Paulist Press). He has had articles published in Forbes, The New York Times, Stamford Advocate and Burlington Free Press.

Leslie Ferrer

Director of Clinical Programs

Leslie has experience as the Assistant Director at the HowardCenter Chittenden Clinic and as the Program Director at the Phoenix House Women’s Substance Abuse Program at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Center. She is a Licensed Clinical Social worker and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Leslie serves on the board of the Vermont Addictions Professionals Association and holds a BA in Psychology from Boston University and an MSW from Simmons College Graduate School of Social Work. In her spare time, Leslie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling and visiting the ocean near and far, reading, cooking and baking, running, practicing yoga and kayaking.

Sarah Woodard

Director of Development & Communications

Sarah Woodard joined Spectrum in June of 2012 and has been working in the field of fundraising, marketing, and communications since 1999. As Director of Development & Communications, she oversees the organization’s individual, corporate, and foundation fundraising along with Spectrum’s website, public relations, and social media. Prior to Spectrum, Sarah worked at the Institute for Sustainable Communities in communications and development. Sarah holds a BA in English from Bates College and a BFA in Fine Arts 3D from Massachusetts College of Art + Design. She lives in Burlington with her family.

David Brace

Director of Finance

David started at Spectrum in March 2019.  He is a native Burlington resident, having spent the majority of his career working with both non-profit and for-profit businesses in and around the area.  He specialized in the healthcare field serving as the Chief Financial Officer of a local Federally Qualified Healthcare Center, working to help navigate healthcare reform in the State for several years.

David did his undergraduate work at Champlain College and his M.B.A. at Southern New Hampshire University, in additional to being a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Vermont.

Stephanie Ball

Mentoring Manager

Stephanie Ball joined Spectrum in 2013. Before stepping into the Mentoring Program Manager position in 2017, she worked as a residential staff member as well as a Clinician in our JOBS program at Spectrum. Previously she worked with under-resourced youth in diverse settings from a juvenile detention center in Brockton, Massachusetts to an after-school program in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Though a Stonehill College graduate, with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Spanish, Stephanie also attended the Universidad de Granada, in Spain and completed a Service Learning program at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Stephanie spends her free time exploring far off lands, taking on home improvement projects, playing soccer and enjoying a variety of outdoor activities with her partner and her pup Bear.

 

Galen Blodgett

Detail Works General Manager

Galen is a native Vermonter who spent ten years working in automotive starting as a Detailer and working his way up to Sales Manager. He later moved into the Security and Corrections field, and now serves as the General Manager of Spectrum’s social enterprise, Detail Works. Galen enjoys trying new cuisine, ghost stories, and has a passion for outdoor activities including weekend hikes with his family.

Michael Fife

Compass Program Manager

Mike joined Spectrum as the Compass Program Manager in 2019. Prior to working with Spectrum he worked as a service provider and coordinator in the Burlington Housing Authority’s Family Self Sufficiency Program.  Mike also worked as a bankruptcy, debt and foreclosure counselor from 2007-2010 at a local non-profit and then used that experience to build an educational curriculum around financial literacy at Champlain College where he worked until 2013.

Mike has a B.S. in Economics with a minor in Spanish from the University of Vermont and earned a Master’s Degree in Conflict Studies and Mediation from Champlain College in 2016. He enjoys bike touring as well as both coaching and playing Ultimate Frisbee. When he’s not exercising he can be found in his kitchen cooking for himself and friends.

Gina D’Ambrosio

JOBS Program Manager

Originally from Philadelphia, Gina joined Spectrum in 1996 as a JOBS clinician when the program was first introduced as a part of Spectrum services, eventually becoming Program Manager. Prior to joining Spectrum, Gina worked in the Los Angeles area with struggling youth as well as being employed as a third grade teacher. Gina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and has been trained in various trauma-informed care frameworks, co-occurring disorders, and adolescent brain development. Over the past 20 years, Gina has served on the Board of Directors for a School-to-Work non-profit organization, facilitates a monthly case consultation team for transition age youth, and recently joined a first-episode psychosis consultation team. She enjoys spending time exploring the outdoors and hanging with her partner, three children and two grandchildren.

Khara Janssen

Youth Development Program Manager

Khara joined Spectrum in 2006 and has been the Youth Development Program Manager since 2013. Prior to that she was a Case Manager for the Community Support and Supervision Program and a Youth Development Coordinator at Spectrum.  Over the past 20 years, she has worked with at-risk children and youth in various settings including a Juvenile Detention Center in Iowa, a Head Start Pre-School in New Hampshire, and an Alternative School in Burlington. Originally from Iowa, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Iowa. She practices a strength based approach when working with youth and stays current on trainings in trauma informed care, motivational interviewing, and therapeutic case management. Khara spends her free time with her fiancée boating, fishing, biking, and snowboarding. She enjoys traveling, cooking, watching football and baseball, and visiting her family in Iowa.

Will Towne

Supported Housing Manager

Will came to Spectrum as Residential Staff in 2013 and has since served as a Case Manager, Intake Coordinator, and now Supported Housing Manager.

Prior to coming to Spectrum, Will worked at Heritage Aviation and has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. Michael’s College. Originally from New Hampshire, he enjoys baseball, golf, and snowboarding.

Kristen Vogel

Riverstone Counseling Manager

Kristen first joined Spectrum in May of 2012 and became the Counseling Program Manager for Riverstone Counseling in 2017. She has been working with youth and their families with mental health and substance use concerns since 2008. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Kristen holds a BA in Psychology and a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Vermont.

Daimeyon Williams

Multicultural Youth Program Manager

Daimeyon joined Spectrum in 2017, returning to Burlington from California, where he worked with youth of color in the Department of Corrections, providing mentoring, tutoring, life skills, coaching, and goal-planning seminars.  Daimeyon received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from California State University and then obtained a Master’s in Business Administration. Previously, Daimeyon worked as a commissioned US Army Medical Officer and as a professor of English in Chiapas, Mexico, and has experience working with undocumented immigrants. In his spare time Daimeyon can be found hiking, biking, weight training, playing the guitar and piano and is fluent in Spanish and English.