January 27, 2011

Enthusiastic New Employees Join Lund

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:24 pm by Lund

Julie Camuso
Development Associate

Julie Camuso came to Lund Family Center through an internship program sponsored by Vermont Business for Social Responsibility.  She will be working as a Development Associate responsible for grant writing, volunteer coordination, and event management support.  Julie’s passion for empowering women and children, as well as her desire to work closely with her community, make working at Lund Family Center an ideal match with her interests.

Julie bridged the transition from intern to employee by working closely with Lund staff to manage the Agency’s 2010 Holiday Giving Program, which secured more than $35,000 in holiday necessities for 96 Vermont families by matching them with 102 generous donors.  A total of 257 Lund clients and individuals in need throughout the state benefitted from the Holiday Giving Program.

Julie graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Vermont in May, 2010.  She specialized in the study of women’s health at the Sexual Health Research Clinic for two years, conducting research aimed at revealing the effects of child abuse on adult sexual and psychological function in women.  She completed her honors thesis research project on the psychological effects of hormonal contraceptives in women.  In her free time, Julie enjoys skiing, swimming in the ocean, reading, and running.  She also plays the piano and guitar, and loves live music.

Nigel Lindgren
Communications and Grants Associate

Nigel Lindgren approached Lund Family Center about employment after he saw a posting on the Vermont Business for Social Responsibility’s internship website.  He became interested in the organization’s mission and history because of the work Lund conducts in infant and teen adoption, as well as post-adoption counseling and search and reunion efforts. 

After graduating from college, Nigel was looking for a way to translate his writing and research skills into a job that would build on his talents.  Nigel will be working as a Communications and Grants Associate responsible for reaching out to new clients and securing funding to sustain on-going programming support by leveraging public relations, marketing, foundation grants, and producing the monthly newlsetter.

Nigel graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Economics from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts in May, 2010.  He recently made the move to Burlington from Yarmouth, Maine.  In his free time, Nigel enjoys basketball, snowboarding, printmaking, and playing the guitar and drums.

Lauren Sleeper
Development Intern

Lauren Sleeper joined Lund Family Center for a mid-winter internship working in the Development Department.  Lauren supports corporate fundraising, grant research, and special event management including implementation plans for the Agency’s 2011 Mother’s Day Bike Ride on May 8.  Lauren is from Richmond, Vermont and graduated from Mount Mansfield Union High School in 2009.  She is a sophomore at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts majoring in Communications with a concentration in Advertising & Public Relations and a minor in English.  Endicott College requires all students to complete two 120 hour internships and one semester-long internship before graduation. 

Last year, Lauren had an internship with Make-A-Wish Foundation working with the Director of Development, where she helped compile the organization’s annual report, maintained the donor database system, and supported planning for the organization’s 20th Anniversary Gala.

“We are thrilled that Lauren contacted Lund about a mid-year internship,” said Jen Wool, Lund’s Chief Development Officer.  “Lauren asks great questions, points out areas where we can enhance our messaging, and brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to our team.  She is very engaged with our mission of helping children thrive and strengthening families, and her skill set dovetails perfectly with our needs and those of our clients across the state.”

Sarah E. Hoffert
Teen Pregnancy Prevention Outreach Specialist

Sarah E. Hoffert, M.Ed., joined LFC as the new Teen Pregnancy Prevention Outreach Specialist in October 2010.  Sarah comes to Lund with a wealth of knowledge in sexual health and sexuality education, higher education, outdoor leadership, and women and girls’ issues.  Sarah first worked with LFC in 2006 as an advisor to a UVM volunteer organization that provided Lund residents with weekly craft nights.  Sarah’s research interests involve sexual health needs during and after natural disasters, the identity development of twins and multiples in college, and women and girls’ leadership (indoors and outdoors!).  When she is not at work Sarah enjoys taking tap dance classes at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, volunteering with Vermont Cares as an HIV tester, crafting with friends, and foster parenting with her spouse, Michael McGinn, for a Dachshund-mix 1 year old puppy, Russell.

Marianna Donnally
Adoption Counselor

Marianna Donnally, MSW moved to Vermont in 2008 from New York City after completing her Master’s in Social Work at New York University.  She joined Lund Family Center’s Adoption Department staff late in 2010.   In the Infant Adoption Program, Marianna provides options counseling for pregnant women throughout Vermont by connecting clients with resources and offering ongoing counseling for birthmothers who make adoption plans for their babies.  Marianna “…believes in Lund’s mission to provide unbiased support and education about options for pregnant women.  I also believe in meeting the mental health needs of birthmothers.  I worked at  Burlington’s Howard Center during my first two years in Vermont supporting families of children struggling to succeed in the public school system.  The experience prepared me for my position as Adoption Counselor at Lund.”  Marianna’s goals are to help change the stigma of adoption by helping women with unplanned pregnancies view it as a responsible and selfless option.  She is increasing outreach so that more pregnant women can get support and education about all of their options.

Susan A. Onderwyzer
Clinical Coordinator, Residential Treatment Program

Susan Onderwyzer, LICSW, BCD, LADC, is the newly hired Clinical Coordinator for Treatment Services at the Lund Family Center. Susan came to LFC with extensive clinical and administrative experience working with women who have co-occurring disorders, and who have involvement in the criminal justice system. Most recently, she held the position of Program Services Executive through the end of 2009. She hopes to earn her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Vermont in May, 2011. When not at work, Susan can be found at the barn with her 2 dressage horses. She hopes to show her young Trakenher this summer at First Level Dressage.

Danielle Gingue
Reach Up Case Manager

Danielle joined Lund Family Center in November, 2010 as a Reach Up Case Manager.  She has a BS in Human Services from Lyndon State College.  Danielle has worked as an Income Eligibility Specialist for Child Care Resource and is bringing those vital skills to Lund.  Danielle enjoys working with children and families and finds Lund to be a great fit.  As a Reach Up Case Manager, Danielle works with people to assess their work readiness.  She analyzes their skills, job interests, and education/training.  She also helps these individuals develop plans to find employment.  In her free time, Danielle enjoys spending time with her family.

Other recent hires include:

Caitlin Adamo, Residential Counselor

Jessie Tessier, Residential Counselor

Brian Hurlburt, Buildings and Grounds Maintenance Coordinator

Kaitlyn McKinley, Childcare Teacher

Caitlin Bourque, IP Counselor

Christina McSweeney, Custodian



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