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“Amy” is an amazing young lady who came to HCRS in 2007; she had been placed in residential school due to her uncontrolled behavior issues and inconsistent home life and had a State appointed legal guardian. With the help of HCRS, Amy was placed in more stable home environment with a family that she had already established a relationship with during emergency respite care. With natural supports and the supports from HCRS; Amy has been able to establish a safe and more consistent relationship between herself and her biological family; she has been able to maintain gainful employment; and just last year was legally appointed to be her own guardian. Amy started working part-time at a grocery store and a department store. In 2010, Amy successfully completed a 3 month internship as a front desk clerk. This internship opportunity really helped build Amy’s vocational skills and professional self esteem. Since this internship, Amy has flourished at work and socially.

Senior Leadership Team

Chief Executive Officer

George Karabakakis, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer

George was appointed CEO in July of 2014. He brings significant experience to his position with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and extensive experience in residential, inpatient, and outpatient settings. Prior to becoming CEO, George held a number of positions at HCRS including Chief Operating Officer, Director of Adult Outpatient and Emergency Services, and Director of Children's Services. George has served on many local, regional, and statewide partnerships and committees and values bringing together the ideas, passion, and collective wisdom of our stakeholders to make a difference in the lives of those we serve as well as their families.

 

 

Chief Financial Officer

Hal Moore

Chief Financial Officer

As CFO, Hal oversees an annual budget of $46 million and supervises the Finance and Facility Departments. He began at HCRS in 2004 as the Controller, at a time when the Agency budget was at $23 million. In 2006, he was promoted to CFO. Hal graduated from Rutgers University with an Economics degree and an accounting program background. He worked in Public Accounting, earning his CPA credentials, and for a number of years worked as an Auditor, Tax Preparer, and Accounting Generalist. Hal left Public Accounting to work for a diverse number of for-profit firms as Controller before taking a position at Northeast Kingdom Human Services, prior to joining HCRS.

 

 

Chief Human Resources Officer

Anne Bilodeau

Chief Human Resources Officer

Anne joined HCRS in the fall of 2019 as the Chief Human Resources Officer. She is responsible for employee and labor relations, benefits, compensation, employee wellness, payroll, HR information systems, and employee engagement. Anne has extensive human resources and executive leadership experience in both the private and non-profit sectors.

 

 

Medical Director

Paul Boutin, M.D.

Medical Director

In addition to seeing children and adolescents out of the Brattleboro office, Paul supervises the Medical Division, which includes psychiatrists, nurses, and medical assistants. After working in medical research for nearly a decade, Paul entered medical school, deciding on a specialty of child and adolescent psychiatry. Encouraged by the University of Washington's focus on care in rural and underserved communities, Paul returned to his native New England. Initially working at the Brattleboro Retreat, Paul transitioned to HCRS in 2013, and soon after was promoted to Medical Director. Paul is a member of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and in May 2015 was made a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

 

 

Director of Children, Youth, and Family Services

Jennifer Smith

Director of Children, Youth, and Family Services

Jennifer joined the senior leadership team at HCRS in December 2017 as the Director of Children, Youth, and Family Services. Jennifer comes to this role with extensive experience, both in Massachusetts and Vermont, in developing and providing clinical and administrative oversight of intensive community-based and residential programs in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Jennifer earned her masters degree from UCONN's School of Social Work. She is thrilled to return to Vermont, where there is such a strong culture of community collaboration and support for the youth and families we serve.

 

 

Director of Developmental Services

Jessica Stehle

Director of Developmental Services

Jessica joined HCRS in January 2020. She leads the DS team in providing comprehensive supports for individuals with developmental disabilities. Jessica earned her Master's degree in rehabilitation counseling from George Washington University. She is trained in person-centered thinking and positive behavior supports. Jessica has extensive experience supporting individuals with diverse disabilities. She has specialized in serving individuals with complex developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders to maximize their employment, economic, and independent living outcomes. Jessica is honored to be part of the HCRS team and to be working with professionals dedicated to empowering individuals with developmental disabilities to lead lives of their choosing

 

Director of Adult Services Division

Kate Lamphere

Director of Adult Services Division

Kate joined HCRS in 2008 and provides leadership to and oversight of all Adult Mental Health and Addiction Services including outpatient counseling and intensive outpatient services, community rehabilitation, emergency services, peer support services, residential services, and employment services. Kate spent many years at HCRS as a Crisis Intervention Specialist, Children's Clinician, and Program Coordinator for the Child and Family Supports Program in Springfield. Most recently, Kate was the Director of Emergency Services. Kate has a BA in Social Work from Plymouth State University and an MSW from the University of New Hampshire. Kate is dedicated to a collaborative approach that supports choice, mutuality, healing, and social justice.

Director of Information Technology

Warren Sergeant

Director of Information Technology

Warren is responsible for the oversight of most HCRS computer systems including maintenance, implementation, training, and development. He began at HCRS in 2002 as a Systems Analyst, was promoted to Information Technology Manager, and then Director. Warren started his Information Technology career writing financial accounting and motor vehicle registration software. He also gained experience in the manufacturing industry and wrote the operator interface for industrial grinders before moving into network administration. Warren has a BS in Computer Science and a BS in Industrial Technology.

 

 

Director of Quality Assurance & Compliance

Rhett Sorensen

Director of Quality Assurance & Compliance

Rhett joined HCRS in the fall of 2020. He joins us with over 17 years of experience in the health care industry with more than 10 years specialized in quality assurance and compliance. Prior to working at HCRS, he was the Director of Compliance for 52 long-term care facilities at Avalon and developed the quality assurance program for First Choice Home Health and Hospice. Rhett received his MBA in 2018. Rhett has also supported the Board of Directors at UCRPC, a non-profit organization that helps African refugees to acclimate to life in the United States and learn the skills they need to be successful and independent.