Turing Point Center of Addison County
Board of Directors
Bob Donnis is a retired Bristol resident after a career at IBM, and then Efficiency Vermont. Bob volunteers in Addison County (Turning Point Center, AC Committee on Substance Use and Prevention, United Way). Bob is also a member of the Mt Health Center Board. Bob has witnessed the impact of addiction to family and friends. He has seen that, although difficult, recovery is achievable. People can recover their lives. Bob is committed to helping the Turning Point Center assist people obtain and maintain their recovery.
Danielle Wallace, RC
Danielle is a native of Mount Desert Island, Maine. She moved to Addison County in August of 2016. Danielle completed her bachelor’s degree in Mental Health and Human Services with an Addiction focus through the University of Maine at Augusta in August 2017. She participated in a two-semester senior internship with WomenSafe in Middlebury as a domestic and sexual violence advocate. She has continued to work with Womensafe as a part-time advocate. She is currently employed at the Addison County Restorative Justice Services as the Court Diversion, Driving License Suspended, and Youth Substance Abuse Safety Program. She is in the process of achieving her Master of Art in Restorative Justice through Vermont Law School. She currently lives in Vergennes with her two-year-old daughter. They continue to enjoy exploring the natural beauty that Vermont has to offer.
Will Porter, MD
Will Porter is a family physician who has worked in Addison County since 1999. Since 2014 his practice has been devoted exclusively to medication assisted treatment. Will’s goal is to promote prevention and recovery from substance use in our community. He views the Turning Point Center as critical to fostering a thriving and resilient Addison County.
A 1984 graduate of Middlebury College, Will is grateful for the opportunity to live, work and raise his children here.
Mary Benton has lived full time in Addison County since 1998, relocating with her family from Northeastern Ohio. On receiving a special education degree with a focus on emotional disabilities from Kent State University, her professional experience has been working with secondary level students. She has had the privilege of teaching within alternative education in Vermont for the past 20 years.
Peer based recovery from addiction is at the heart of personal and professional importance to her. Her experience grounds her in appreciation for all that the Turning Point exemplifies. It is with pleasure that she is able to work with like-minded people to serve Addison County in this capacity.
Linda Andrews is a retired women’s health care nurse practitioner with a master’s in public health. She was raised in Middlebury and graduated from Middlebury Union High School and UVM’s Nursing Program. She later received her master’s degree from UCLA. Linda has been working as a public health nurse for 41 years, working both nationally and internationally. For the last 15 years, she has designed and managed national family Planning and HIV/AIDS programs in Africa. She established the first peer-support groups for HIV/AIDS-positive, pregnant women and their families in Uganda and Tanzania. When she returned to Vermont, she was inspired by a physician in Brandon who was providing MAT. She realized that she had been dealing with some of the same issues abroad as those that occur with substance-use disorders (SUD) (stigma, shame, adherence to treatment, need for life-long support groups, management of pregnancy and childbirth. As a result, she decided to devote her time and energy to strengthening Vermont’s response to the opioid crisis. She helped to organize a Bristol educational forum on SUD, became a member of the Addison County Substance Use and Prevention Committee and the VT Governor’s subcommittee on Intervention, Treatment and Recovery. When Turning Point Center of Addison County was looking for board members, she decided to apply. Linda is also a member of the Porter Hospital Patient Family Advisory Committee, a Patient Support Volunteer in the Emergency Department, an Addison County Hospice Volunteer and Democratic Town Chair of Bristol.
John Schmitt is a native of Long Island, New York, growing up on a vegetable farm. He has worked at Middlebury College since 2005 as a professor of mathematics. As a parishioner at St. Mary’s in Middlebury, John seeks to engage his parish community in the work of addiction recovery for those recovering and their families. John and his wife Samantha have four children, all of whom love skiing in Vermont.
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