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Staff for the Total Health Center
Max Foldeak - Director of Health Services
Max serves as director of health Services for Marlboro College. He has been involved in the mental health profession for over 30 years, starting as a psychiatric aide in a psychiatric hospital where he became interested in group work, particularly working with adolescents combining dream groups and video. Before his present position he worked in outpatient clinics conducting dual diagnosis and domestic abuse programs while continuing as a family, group and individual therapist. Max is an alumnus of Antioch New England Graduate School where he interned with the Brattleboro Family Institute. He has continued his studies with the Assisi group in Italy and Vermont pursuing an interest in archetypal pattern analysis applied to therapy and systems, especially within the college population. He has been a boat captain and sea kayak guide on the Saguenay Fiord. He is an avid landscape painter and pastel artist.
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Cara Downey, Counselor
Cara follows an integrative and wellness-based therapeutic model that focuses on mindfulness, the creative arts, positive psychology, and existential-humanistic viewpoints; her overall approach is person-centered. Cara believes in being transparent about the process of therapy and works to create a safe, stable, and collaborative environment that honors each person’s individual experience and concerns. Her work is relational and is rooted in awareness of social and cultural realities. She has experience working with folks around issues of anxiety/panic, depression, trauma, grief and loss, adjustment, chronic illness/pain, addiction, gender, LGBTQQIA identity, sex and sexuality, and non-monogamous relationship structures.
Julia Ronconi, Psych NP
Julia is a psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 14 years of experience, including work in community mental health and the Veteran’s Administration. She received her nursing education from the University of Utah, where she also taught. In addition to her time at Marlboro College, Julia teaches in the graduate nursing program at Regis College and has a small private practice. She lives in Brattleboro with her family and when not working can be found gardening, knitting, hiking, or in the occasional circus class.
Devan Lucier, NP
Before coming to Marlboro, Devan worked in primary care at Grace Cottage Family Health in Townshend, Vermont. She received her education at the University of Vermont, a BSN in 2010 and MSN in 2015, and is currently enrolled to receive her doctorate degree in May 2019. She has a soft spot for the geriatric population, but also enjoys college-aged individuals. Devan enjoys the small community feel of Marlboro, as it reminds her of her hometown, Townshend, Vermont. She says, “I enjoy outdoor activities, from hiking to skiing or snowboarding. I have a mini dachshund, Oliver, and a gold retriever mix, PepperAnn.”
Domonique Terrell, Counseling Intern
Domonique is a 26-year-old from New Orleans, Louisiana. She is currently working on her Master of Arts in dance/movement therapy and counseling from Antioch University.
Christine Shepard – Office Manager
Christine manages the day-to-day operations of the Total Health Center—from scheduling to bandaids, she's here to help! Christine comes to us with 28 years of experience managing a dental practice. She has three grown daughters and lives in Vernon.