Compass is a free-of-charge program providing prevention and stabilization services to youth ages 12 – 23 in Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle Counties.
This program works with youth who are at risk of becoming involved with the justice system or foster care, are homeless, pregnant or parenting, or otherwise at risk for serious problems. Click here for the full Program Description.
Our team will work with the youth (and their families if available) to help them become more stable and gain access to support and services to help them get their lives on track. We typically meet with youth and their families more than once per week for about six months. Click here to download the referral form.
Contact: 802-864-7423 x230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet Our Program Staff
Alicia Cerasoli, MSW | Director of the Compass Program
Alicia Cerasoli joined the Compass team in 2021 and transitioned to become the Director of the Compass Program in 2022. Alicia joined Spectrum in 2017, as a case manager supporting youth in DCF care transition into adulthood. Prior to Spectrum, Alicia provided one-on-one support to adults with developmental disabilities as well as worked as a living coordinator for adults with physical impairments. Alicia holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Champlain College a Masters of Social Work from Simmons University. Alicia is skilled at providing client-centered support, de-escalation techniques, and trauma-informed practice. Alicia is trained in motivational interviewing, Bowen family systems theory, ARC, UMatter suicide prevention, and more.
Alice Ely-Sumner, MSW | Family Preservation Specialist
Alice joined the Compass team in 2019 as a family preservation specialist. Prior to Compass, Alice worked at Second Spring, a long-term recovery residence. Alice holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Champlain College as well as a Masters of Social Work from the University of New England. Alice is skilled in working with both individuals and families. Alice is trained in motivational interviewing, Bowen family systems theory, ARC trauma systems, trauma-informed treatment, and more.
Breannon Meuse, MSW | Family Preservation Specialist
Breannon Meuse joined the Compass team in 2021 as an intern and transitioned into her role as a family preservation specialist in 2022. Prior to Compass, Bre worked in a public school district as a behavior interventionist. Bre holds a Bachelor’s degree from Castleton University in Sociology with a concentration in Cultural Anthropology and minors in English and Women’s and Gender Studies. In 2022, Bre earned her Masters of Social Work from Simmons University. Bre is skilled in providing de-escalation, and co-regulation and has been trained in Bowen Family Systems theory, motivational interviewing, UMatter suicide prevention, and more.
John Henry Trudeau | Compass Case Manager
John Henry Trudeau joined the Compass team in 2019 as a case manager. Prior to Compass, John worked at Valley Vista in Vergennes working to support individuals with substance misuse. John holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. Lawrence University. John is trained in ARC trauma systems, Bowen family systems theory, motivational interviewing, and many more allowing for a holistic and client-centered approach to support the client’s needs.