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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.

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.

Leslie Ferrer

Director of Clinical Programs

Leslie has been Spectrum’s Clinical Director since 2014. She has worked as a clinical social worker since 2000 working with children, adults and families across the lifespan in home-based services, schools, communities, outpatient services, crisis services, homeless services, medical settings, addiction treatment programs, and correctional facilities.

She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Boston University and a Master’s degree in social work from Simmons College Graduate School of Social Work. She lives in Winooski and enjoys spending time with her family, enjoying the outdoors, cooking and baking, practicing yoga, and laughing with friends.

Will Towne

Director of Housing & Operations

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

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.

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.

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.

Kristen Breault-Bolio

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.

Christina Brown

Basic Needs Program Manager

Christina joined Spectrum in 2018 as a Youth Coach at the Drop-In Center before transitioning into the Senior Staff position, and then ending up as the Program Manager. She moved up to Vermont from Asheville, NC, where she received her B.A. in Global Studies and Spanish, as well as a vocational education in general carpentry from Warren Wilson College.

Christina has worked with several non-profits addressing housing security and homelessness, and even put her hands to work as a freelance carpenter. She has taken those passions and skills on the road in her extensive travels around Latin America, but eventually landed here in Burlington with her partner, their young daughter, and their old dog. In her free time, Christina still enjoys keeping her hands busy with home carpentry projects. She loves to run, see live music, and get out in the woods as much as possible.

Stefanie Comstock

St. Albans Drop-In Center Manager

Stephanie joined Spectrum in November 2020 as the Drop-In Program Manager in St. Albans.  Prior to Spectrum, she worked for Lund as a substance use case manager and clinician co-located at the DCF Family Services Office in St. Albans. She also has years of experience as an outreach case manager at Safe Harbor Health Center.

She holds a M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Cincinnati and is a Certified Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor (ADC) in the state of Vermont.

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.

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.

Remy Uwilingiyimana

Multicultural Youth Program Manager

Remy joined Spectrum in 2020 as the Multicultural Youth Program Manager. Prior to Spectrum, he worked as STEM Dept. Director for Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro South in Brockton, MA. In 2006, he attended Boston College; pursuing a degree in Information Systems Management. In 2015, he was awarded the American Graduate Champion while working in youth development in Austin, TX.

Born in Kigali, Rwanda, he immigrated with his family to the United States in September of 2000, settling in Buffalo NY. In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering with youth organizations as a mentor & coaching sports–particularly soccer.