News & Announcements

Jim Caffry Joins CCS Board

JimCaffry_2CCS welcomes Jim Caffry of Waitsfield to our Board of Directors. Jim is the parent of a son with autism and is an attorney with a law practice in Waterbury (Caffry Law, PLLC) focused on providing special needs planning to Vermonters with disabilities and their families.

Jim is member of the Special Needs Alliance, a national association of special needs planning attorneys. He is currently on the Board of the Mad River Valley Community Fund, and was previously a member of the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council from 2009 – 2014. He holds a B.A. from Colgate University, and law degrees from Albany Law School and Vermont Law School.

CCS Executive Director Elizabeth Sightler addresses Medicaid funding

Our executive director, Elizabeth Sightler, addresses the impact of Medicaid funding levels on direct services in developmental and mental health services – on clients, staff recruitment and retention, and more.

Read her letter to Sen. Diane Snelling.

School2Work Earns People’s United Community Foundation Grant

1975207_10153990465615294_1568398205_nMichelle Paya, director of supported employment at CCS, poses with a “big check,” representing a $2,500 grant from People’s United Community Foundation in support of our School2Work program. People’s United was an early supporter of the program, and we appreciate this additional investment. School2Work offers career development and transition to positions in the competitive economy for high school students with intellectual & developmental disabilities.

David Bogdan and Moira Mulligan Join CCS Board of Director

CCS recently named two new members to its Board of Directors.

dave picDavid Bogdan is a former Senior Engineer at IBM with multidisciplinary team leadership expertise. He is Chittenden program coordinator for Special Olympics Vermont, providing year round sports training and competition to over 170 athletes in Chittenden County.

Bogdan recently completed the Certificate in Nonprofit Management at Marlboro College Graduate School.

moira pic2Moira Mulligan is a speech-language pathologist working at Fletcher Allen Healthcare, as a manager in the Rehabilitation Therapy Department. She also taught in the graduate program of UVM’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Mulligan holds a M.S. degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and brings extensive personal experience as an advocate for people with disabilities.

Kyla Boyce Joins Team CCS as Service Coordinator

IMG_1832CCS recently named Kyla Boyce a new Service Coordinator. She will be responsible for consumer case management and resource development, as well as supervision of direct services staff.

Kyla brings experience in direct developmental services, including supported employment, from Howard Center. She previously served as a counseling teacher at Centerpoint School, and worked at Northeastern Family Institute. Boyce earned a B.S. in Social Work from Champlain College.

CCS Wins $10,000 in the KeyBank “Build a Stronger VT” contest!

BASVT CCSCCS submitted it’s exciting new School2Work program to this competition, and a panel of community judges selected us as one of six finalists from more than 30 applicants. Facebook voting decided the prize winners, and CCS was announced as the Third Place Winner, earning $10,000 for our program.

The announcement was made Thursday, December 12th at the Annual Holiday Party at KeyBank.Thanks to all who voted for us, and congrats to all our fellow finalists – especially Vermont Works for Women, which took First Place.

Elizabeth Sightler Named Executive Director

IMG_5255(September 12, 2013) Champlain Community Services officially named Elizabeth Sightler as Executive Director, effective immediately. Beth served in the role in an “interim” capacity since May, and has served CCS for more than nine years.

In addition to work as a service coordinator, senior service coordinator, and assistant director at CCS, Beth brings over 20 years experience in developmental services to her post. This includes extensive direct service, crisis management experience, and group home management, as well as staff training, supervision and management.

“I’m looking forward to helping our staff mentor community members about the value of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and the strong contributions they are making – as workers, volunteers, artists, and neighbors – in our community,” Sightler said. “I really feel our work at CCS puts us on the front lines of making our community an even better place.”

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