"The means is dialogue, the end is learning, the purpose is peace." ~ Founder Dr. Jane Vella
Jill has been working with the Department for Children and Families in a variety of capacities for over 15 years. Jill is an educator, trainer and advocate for children and families. She is currently a Training Coordinator for the University of Vermont’s Child Welfare Training Partnership. In this role Jill designs and facilitates meetings, develops curriculum, organizes conferences, delivers training and provides case consultation and on a variety of topics for a variety of audiences. Over the years, her work has focused on child welfare and youth justice initiatives as well as domestic and sexual violence advocacy efforts including work on affordable housing and anti-poverty projects for the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. In addition Jill previously led an Agency of Human Services project to develop and implement a domestic violence policy across all AHS Departments and Divisions.
Jill holds a BA in Anthropology and Women’s Studies from the University of Vermont and earned her Master’s in Education from the University of Vermont in 2004. She is a lifelong learner and has a strong commitment to social justice for all members of our community. Jill’s teaching and facilitation skills contribute to the ongoing development of effective, efficient, engaging and accountable meetings and processes to improve outcomes for children and families in Vermont.