United Counseling Service (UCS) welcomes Kristi Cross to the Board of Directors. The board oversees the operations of the community mental health and developmental services for Bennington County. “We are pleased to have Kristi join our board,” said Lorna Mattern, Executive Director of UCS. “Kristi is knowledgeable, energetic and a respected community leader. Her experience and leadership have been demonstrated in her continued care for this community and clearly supports our mission of building a stronger community by empowering individuals and families to live healthy and meaningful lives.”
Cross is the Director of Bennington Blueprint for Health. The Blueprint for health program is a statewide initiative that designs community-led strategies for improving the well-being of those effected by chronic illness in a primary care setting. Cross is a native to Bennington and obtained her doctorate degree in nursing with a focus in rural population health and was recently named a Vermont Rising Star by Vermont Business Magazine.
“I have a deep commitment to this community and I am very much looking forward to serving as a Board Member of United Counseling Service,” said Cross. “Addressing the challenges involved in the growing mental health needs in our community is something I feel strongly about. I want to make sure that individuals and families are getting the best mental health care possible. UCS is very important to the health and welfare of this community.”
UCS is a private, non-profit community mental health center serving Bennington County since 1958. UCS promotes healthy lifestyles through all its programs and offers care at 15 different facilities, including two primary outpatient facilities in Bennington and Manchester. UCS provides comprehensive, community-based behavioral and developmental services for children, adults, families, and seniors. UCS employs 300 people and annually serves nearly 3,000 Bennington County residents. UCS has been designated a Center of Excellence by Vermont Care Partners.