Management Team

Administration:

Linda ChambersLinda Chambers, Executive Director (Joined Clara Martin Center in 1984)

Linda joined the Clara Martin Center (formerly Orange County Mental Health) in 1984. She provided clinical outpatient services to the Bradford and Randolph regions with a specialty in substance abuse treatment. In the ensuing years, Linda developed multiple programs and services for a variety populations and held positions of leadership throughout the organization, Director of Substance Abuse Programs in 1988, Director of the Community Support Program in 1991, Director of Program Operations in 1993, and Chief Operating Officer in 1994. In 1995, Linda became the Chief Executive Officer. In addition, Linda has contributed to many organizations and the field at large through her participation on multiple local and statewide boards. Throughout her career, she has been instrumental in shaping and leading the organization through times of change, while always keeping an expectation of the highest standard of care for the consumers and the community.

 

Mark Hamilton, Chief Financial Officer (Joined Clara Martin Center in 2015)

A graduate of Indiana Institute of Technology (Master of Business Administration) and Purdue University (Bachelor of Science), Mark Hamilton has a wealth of experience and knowledge from his extensive work in the healthcare field. Mark held the position of Director of Finance and Business Development for Parkview Home Health & Hospice in Fort Wayne, Indiana and upon coming to Vermont, held the position of Vice President and CFO of the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire.

 

Jena TromblyJena Trombly, Director of Human Resources and Compliance (Joined Clara Martin Center in 1991)

Jena Trombly joined the Clara Martin Center in 1991 following the completion of her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with Departmental Distinction from Hartwick College in Oneonta NY. She began her career at CMC as a Case Manager in the Randolph CSP program and became a Qualified Mental Health Professional in 1993. In 1994 she transferred to the Bradford office and took on a leadership position as the Intake and Emergency Services Coordinator, providing direct care and supervising the Adult Out-Patient staff.  While in that position she successfully transitioned the Adult program to a sustainable Fee For Service model with a Walk in Clinic to provide immediate access for those in need of acute care. Upon obtaining her Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from Lesley College in 1997, she became the Director of Adult & Access Services and transitioned back to the Randolph offices. In 2002, Jena took on the role of Corporate Compliance Officer, and later added the title of Privacy Officer in 2003. She remains in both of these roles today. In addition, in 2005 Jena left clinical work and accepted the position of Director of Human Resources which allows her to focus on employee recruitment, training, development and retention. A life-long learner, Jena enrolled in the Vermont Leadership Institute through the Snelling Center for Government in 2005 and graduated from that program with a certificate in Community Leadership in 2006.

 

Melanie GidneyMelanie Gidney, Director of Quality Assurance (Joined Clara Martin Center in 1992)

After completing her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Vermont, Melanie Gidney joined the Clara Martin Center in 1992 as a Case Manager in the Community Support Program. She then assumed her first leadership position within the agency as the Assistant Coordinator of Case Management Services in 1994. In 1995, she became designated by the Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health as a Qualified Mental Health Professional, which she maintains to this day. Also in 1995, she became the Intake/Emergency Site Coordinator out of the Randolph office. In 1997, she shifted from a clinical position to an administrative position within the agency, and brought her many skills to the human resource department as the Human Resource Manager. In 2001, she became the Director of Operations, overseeing many facets of the organization. After having a family, she assumed the role of Director of Quality Assurance and Systems Improvement which she holds to this day. In this position, she has overseen CARF accreditations and the implementation of our electronic health record in 2012.

 

Amanda HigginsAmanda Higgins, Manager of Facilities and Administrative Services (Joined Clara Martin Center in 1999)

Amanda Higgins joined the Clara Martin Center in 1999 as a Secretary at the Bradford site, after taking time off from her previous job at Bradford Elementary School to have her twins. Before taking on her current role as the Manager of Facilities and Administrative service in 2013, she held numerous other positions within the agency, including Case Management Services at the alternative school EVA in 2000, the Intake Coordinator and Supervisor of Outpatient service in Bradford in 2004. In 2007, she became designated by the Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health as a Qualified Mental Health Professional.

 

Clinical:

Dr. Kevin Buchanan, Medical DirectorDr. Kevin Buchanan, Medical Director (Joined Clara Martin Center in 2002)

Dr. Kevin Buchanan joined the Clara Martin Center initially through a contract with West Central Services as the Medical Director in 2002 following four years of practice at Rutland Regional Medical Center/Rutland Mental Health. He became employed by the Clara Martin Center in 2008, providing leadership, vision and oversight of all medical services for the agency. He also provides direct client care through the Community Support Program in Randolph, as well as the Adult Outpatient and Substance Abuse programs. Dr. Buchanan received his PhD in Neuroanatomy and MD from Loma Linda University. He did his psychiatry residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center from 1994-1998. He has been certified by the American Board of Psychiatry/Neurology since 2002.

 

Dawn Littlepage, Clinical DirectoDawn Littlepage, Clinical Director (Joined Clara Martin Center in 1995)

Dawn Littlepage completed her master’s degree in 1988 and has had varied employment experiences working with all client populations. She has extensive experience as an emergency screener, outpatient therapist, inpatient therapist, psychiatric inpatient admissions coordinator, intake coordinator for a mental health agency and as an emergency services director. She also has experience working in substance abuse treatment and working with children in school settings.  Dawn’s path also included working as an art therapist in an inpatient setting with adults and in inpatient pediatric oncology. In 1995 Dawn joined the Clara Martin Center as Director of the Community Support Program and soon after added the responsibility of Emergency Team Coordinator. In 1997 she obtained her license as a mental health counselor. In 2000 Dawn left the agency to work in a nursing home providing assessments, training and mental health counselling. She returned to CMC in 2005 as Director of Access and Adult Outpatient Programs. In 2006 she became the Clinical Director providing clinical oversight of all programs as well as oversight of clinical and legal risk management issues.

 

Christie Everett, Director of Access and Acute CareChristie Everett, Director of Access and Acute Care Services (Joined Clara Martin Center in 2011)

Christie Everett originally joined the agency in 2011 as the Emergency Services Coordinator and Hospital Diversion Case Manager. After leaving the agency shortly after, she returned in the beginning of 2012 as the Director of Acute Care Services, following Tropical Storm Irene and the implementation of Act 79 legislation. She earned her MSW degree in 2001 from Syracuse University, obtained her NYS social work license in 2002, and spent the next 9 years overseeing a Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) in the Finger Lakes region of NY, before relocating to VT in 2011. She was designated by the Commissioner of Mental Health as a Qualified Mental Health Professional in 2012, and earned her LICSW in 2013. In 2014, she took on the additional oversight of the front end access system, to become the current Director of Access and Acute Care Services.

 

Gretchen Pembroke, Director of Adult ServicesGretchen Pembroke, Director of Adult Services (Joined Clara Martin Center in 1999)

After receiving her BA degree in Psychology from St. Michael’s College, Gretchen Pembroke joined the Clara Martin Center in 1999 as a Case Manager in the Community Support Program. She took on a leadership position at the agency when she was named the Community Support Program Team Leader in 2005, a position she held until 2012, when she was named the Director of Adult and Access Services. In 2007, Gretchen received her MA degree in Psychology from Vermont College, Union Institute and University and she has since attained her Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) license. She remained the Director of Adult Services when the Access Program was merged with Acute Care Services in 2014, and at that time took on the additional leadership and oversight of Primary Care Services integration. 

 

Tammy Austin, Director of Child and Family ServicesTammy Austin, Director of Child and Family Services (Joined Clara Martin Center in 2003)

Tammy Austin came to the Clara Martin Center in 2003 as a Child and Family Clinician from Syracuse University where she earned her masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. In 2006, she obtained licensure as a LMFT, and became a C&F Team Leader in 2007. Tammy’s clinical focus has been working with individuals and families, and working toward her RPT in play therapy. Tammy organized many aspects of outpatient services including summer programming, Strengthening Families Groups as well as managing specialized waiver services for high needs clients. In 2012, Tammy was named the Director of Child and Family Services. She was designated by the Commissioner of Mental Health as a Qualified Mental Health Professional in 2013.

 

Renee DavisRenee Davis, Director of Substance Abuse and Criminal Justice Services (Joined Clara Martin Center in 2003)

Renee Davis originally joined the Clara Martin Center as an Emergency Clinician in 2003, a role she remained in until leaving the agency in 2004. After a two year absence, she returned to her Emergency Clinician role in 2006, and became a Substance Abuse Clinician that same year. She took on a leadership role the following year, when she became the Adult Co-Occurring Coordinator. While in this role, she earned her LADC in 2008. She was named the Director of Substance Abuse and Criminal Justice Services in 2011, a role she remains in today.