New hires and staffing changes at Lund

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Tue, 10/31/2017 - 2:44pm -- Denise Sortor

Lund announces two staff promotions and a new addition to Lund’s leadership team. Courtney Farrell of Essex Junction was recently promoted to Director of Child and Family Services at Lund.  She oversees a variety of programs at Lund including: New Horizons high school program serving pregnant and parenting young women; Lund’s Early Childhood Program, a five-star early education and preschool center; Independence Place, a transitional housing program for mothers and children; and Lund’s Parent Child Center Services that provide center and home based support and education to families with young children in Chittenden County. She additionally oversees the Regional Partnership Program, a collaboration with the Dept. of Children and Families (DCF) which co-locates substance use disorder screener’s  in each child welfare office statewide; and Kids-A-Part, a program housed in the women’s correctional facility which supports incarcerated mother’s, their children and caregivers to decrease the traumatic experience of  parental incarceration, and improve family wellbeing.  Farrell has managed three large federal grants awarded to Lund and will serve as Project manager to Lund’s recently awarded federal grant through the Administration of Children and Families. She is a recent graduate of the Snelling center for government’s Early childhood leadership institute, and has worked at Lund since 1997 and holds a bachelor’s degree from UVM in Human Development and Family Services.

Julie Richards of Burlington recently joined Lund as the Associate Director of Philanthropy.  In her work at Lund, Julie oversees annual giving, corporate support, events, and volunteers. Julie has been a volunteer at Lund for many years taking photographs at Lund events and traveling throughout Vermont taking photos of children in foster care for display in the Heart Gallery, which highlights the work of Project Family a collaboration between Lund and the Vermont Department of Children and Families in order to help find homes and families for Vermont’s children waiting to be adopted. This work led Richards to want to work at Lund.  Julie has extensive fundraising experience as a volunteer and board member at many nonprofit organizations including the Humane Society of Chittenden County, Make*A*Wish Foundation America and Vermont and the for One Another Foundation, Inc.   Julie’s work experience includes over thirty years of managerial experience at Champlain College, BankNorth Group and at Merchant’s Bank. She is the owner/operator of Spruce Mortgage and the owner/operator of Julie C Richards Photography LLC. Julie has an Associate’s Degree in Business from Trinity College, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Studies and Business from Champlain College.  She is also a certified dog trainer.

Brian Southworth, LCSW, of Jericho was recently promoted to Director of Clinical Treatment Services.  In his new position he oversees Lund’s 26 bed residential program for pregnant or parenting women and their children, and Lund’s community outpatient substance use disorder counseling and medication assisted treatment services. Throughout his work in social work, Brian has had a focus on working with children and families and has extensive experience providing individual and family therapy. Brian worked as a residential counselor at Lund in the early 1980’s and returned to Lund in 2012 to be the Associate Director of Residential and Community Treatment Services, after having worked at Casey Family Services most recently before coming back to Lund.  He has over 26 years of experience as a program manager and supervisor including providing clinical supervision to direct care staff. Brian is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, has master’s degree in social work and a bachelor of science degree in Education from the University of Vermont.

Lund helps children thrive by empowering families to break cycles of poverty, addiction and abuse.  Lund offers hope and opportunity to families through education, treatment, family support and adoption. Lund is a member agency of the United Way of Northwest Vermont and United Way of Addison County. If you would like more information or to schedule an interview with a representative from Lund, please contact Charlotte Blend at (802) 861-2580 or