Stern Center for Language & Learning announces new staff and promotions

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Fri, 11/19/2021 - 6:16pm -- Emily Adsit

The Stern Center for Language and Learning announces new employees and promotions of its staff, enhancing the nonprofit organization’s capacity to meet the needs of learners and educators through high-quality direct services and robust professional learning opportunities. 


Lisa Marcus has accepted a new role as Director of Systems and Operations. Lisa has been with Stern Center since 2011 in a variety of roles. Lisa’s 30-year history in the Vermont workforce includes customer support at IDX, database management at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, and operation of two successful home-based businesses. 

Heidi DeCarvalho, has taken on the role of Finance Manager. Heidi taught middle and high school math for several years before coming to Stern Center five years ago. Her experience includes management and customer service for a variety of organizations. She received a Bachelor of Science in Education from The University of Vermont with minors in Accounting & Mathematics.

Elizabeth Rainville, M.S.Ed., CCC-SLP, has taken over the role of Assistant Director of Social Learning and Communication. She earned a master’s degree at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, where she received the Nicholas and Martha Bountress Award for Clinical Achievement. She also won the Rita Purcell-Robertson Scholarship for outstanding clinical potential from the Communication Disorders Foundation of Virginia. Elizabeth has experience in a variety of clinical settings including private practice, outpatient clinics, and acute care. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Vermont.

Cat McKelvey, Psy.D., assumes the role of Assistant Director of Evaluation. Catherine is a licensed psychologist-doctorate in Vermont and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist who provides psychological evaluations for children from early elementary school through college. Catherine has over ten years of experience working in public education as a school psychologist conducting evaluations, consulting with school personnel, facilitating school-based intervention planning teams, and providing direct services to students. Catherine earned her master’s degree and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from Fairfield University. She earned a doctoral degree in School Psychology from William James College.

Carol Wieland, M.S., M.S., takes over the role of Assistant Director of Instruction. Her 30+ years in instruction suits her well for this position. Since joining the Stern Center, Carol has worked with numerous students and has collaborated with classroom teachers and Special Educators throughout the state. Carol trains new members of the instruction team and provides ongoing guidance and support to all instructors. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Houghton College and a Master of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Binghamton University. 

New Staff:

Adam Blefari, Psy.D., NCSP, has accepted a position an Evaluator. He is a licensed psychologist who provides psychological evaluations for children. Adam received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Hartwick College and his Master of Science in Education and Doctoral degree in School Psychology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Adam completed his APPIC pre-doctoral internship at the Children’s Institute in Pittsburgh and post-doctoral studies at the Haymount Institute for Psychological Services in Fayetteville, NC. 

Peter McDonald, B.A., has accepted a position of Administrative Assistant. Peter will support operations across all our departments to ensure efficient administrative processes, responsive customer service, and effective communication. Peter graduated from the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in history. 

The Stern Center for Language and Learning is a nonprofit educational resource based in Williston, VT dedicated to enriching the lives of learners. For 38 years the organization has recognized that all great minds don’t think alike. Our team helps children and adults reach their academic, social, and professional goals. The Stern Center provides research-based learning evaluations, customized instruction, and communication services for a broad range of clients while our scholarships provide access to transformative learning. Through its Cynthia K. Hoehl Institute, the Stern Center is also a leader in professional learning programs for educators and systems change for schools seeking to improve outcomes for every learnerMore information is at