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Jennifer L. Scott, PsyD, ABPP

Executive Director

Jennifer L. Scott has accepted the role of Executive Director effective November 16th, 2020. With a career in higher education spanning almost three decades, Dr. Scott has learned at every level, from student to clinical faculty to college president. Jennifer is committed to the education and training of students and young professionals, creating opportunities for all to succeed despite social or economic barriers, and serving the needs of individuals, families, and communities. She completed her doctorate in clinical psychology and a graduate certificate in organizational concepts and management from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH; and completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology, with a minor in social work, from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN. She achieved board certification in clinical psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology, demonstrating professional practice at the highest standard. She lives with her husband and two children in Rutland, VT and enjoys spending quality time with her family, connecting with friends, reading, hiking, traveling, and fighting for the common good.

Jennifer may be reached at 802-885-2126, ext. 104, or JScott@svtahec.org.

Eleanor Thomas, MBA

Health Careers Educator 

Eleanor joined SVTAHEC in March 2019.  In her role, she primarily provides health careers exploration programming to high school students in southern Vermont.  Eleanor is a native Vermonter, born and raised in Brattleboro.  Eleanor received her Bachelor of Music Education from Keene State College and her MBA from Plymouth State College.  She has administrative and management experience in both higher education and healthcare, most recently as Director of Specialty Practices at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.  While at BMH, she oversaw the Community College of Vermont/BMH Medical Assistant Program, the clinical rotation of LPN students from Vermont Technical College, and was actively involved in the Employee Engagement program at the hospital.  Eleanor has also been involved in supporting youth in the Future Business Leaders of America chapter in Brattleboro.

Eleanor may be reached at 802-885-2126, ext. 103, or ethomas@svtahec.org.

Karen Beardsley, BA

Finance Manager
Karen has been with Southern VT AHEC since 1999 where she started as an Administrative Assistant.  In addition to her duties as Finance Manager, Karen also administers the Primary Care Educational Loan Repayment Program.  Karen received her degree in psychology from the Community College of Vermont.

Karen can be reached at 802-885-2126 ext. 101, or kbeardsley@svtahec.org

Susan White, BA


Health Professions Resource Coordinator


Susan develops, coordinates and evaluates health care student projects; organizes continuing education programs for health care professionals; leads the annual survey of primary care practices in Addison, Bennington, Rutland, Windsor and Windham counties; and looks for opportunities to support rural primary care practices and practitioners, and students enrolled in health professions programs in Vermont.  She received her B.A. in Political Science from Macalester College and previously worked in membership and alumni development at nonprofits and educational organizations.

Susan can be reached at 802-885-2126 ext. 105, or swhite@svtahec.org

Nicole Williams, BA

Administrative and Marketing Associate

Nicole joined the Southern VT AHEC team in October 2019 and promotes the organization’s mission through her marketing and administrative duties. Earlier last year, Nicole received her BA from Clark University in Worcester, MA where she majored in English. During her studies, Nicole primarily focused on how identity politics are conveyed throughout various genres of literature. In her free time, Nicole enjoys reading, hiking, swimming, and catching up on the latest films and TV shows.

Nicole can be reached at 802-885-2126 x 102; nwilliams@svtahec.org.

Marty Hammond   

Oral Health Project Coordinator

A former Executive Director of SVTAHEC, Marty returned to the agency in 2019 in a new, part-time position as Oral Health Project Coordinator.  In her new role, Marty will support community-based oral health initiatives throughout the southern Vermont catchment area.  Oral health is an important component of overall well-being.  To date, marty and SVTAHEC have helped improve oral health access through supporting school-based preventive dental initiatives in the Springfield and Bennington areas, and a new dental clinic in Brattleboro.  Marty also participates in the Vermont Oral Health Coalition and is the Vermont Grassroots representative to the national Oral Health Progress and Equity Network (OPEN).  She earned a B.A. in History and an M.Ed in Educational Leadership from The University of Vermont.

Marty can be reached at 802-233-3840 or  svtahecoralhealth@gmail.com