Rutland Program Team
Lana Vanucchi – Rutland Program Director
MS, Social Work; San Jose State College
MS, Environmental Education; Lesley College
BS, Outdoor Education and Recreation; Lyndon State College
Lana came to Spring Lake Ranch in 2014 as the Program Manager for Rutland. Lana has more than 36 years of experience in social services, having worked for in-patient acute care hospitals as a Group Counselor and Utilization Manager; Human Services Alcohol and Drug Department providing psychosocial assessments for drug court and running programs for teens to teach them how to have fun without alcohol or other drugs. She also worked for Child Protective Services as a Group Home Counselor, has been a teacher/counselor in alternative schools; and provided outdoor education and adventure trips for at-risk youth. Her passion is helping people move forward in their lives in the healthiest ways possible by integrating the most holistic and basic avenues of healthy food and sleep, exercise, quiet times in nature, and developing healthy relationships with self and others.
Jill Loeber - Rutland Program Assistant Director and Royce Transition House Manager
Jill came to the Ranch in 2004 and worked in the front office before moving to the business office where she spent the next 8 years. When the Rutland Program was reorganized in 2013, Jill moved into town to co-lead the program and manage our transitional home on Royce Street. Jill resides in Rutland with her long-time partner. She has two adult children.
Dianna Bessette – Support Staff
BA, Psychology; Johnson State College
Dianna joined the Ranch’s Rutland Program in 2017. She has worked for various nonprofits, including working as an Adoption Coordinator at a local humane society and at a parent-child center with at-risk youth. Dianna loves nature and enjoys hiking with her friends, family, and of course, her two dogs! She is a music enthusiast and tried to get out to as many live performances as she can. Dianna has recently been dabbling with photography and has been trying to practice taking photos in her spare time.
Jaime Blackwood - Program Support Coordinator
Jaime has worked at Spring Lake Ranch since 2017. She was raised in Vermont, but spent her early years in California. She has lived all over the country and traveled it as well. During her most recent stay in California, she had the opportunity to volunteer at local sober houses and the Boys & Girls Club. Her passion is life is to use her experiences and knowledge to help others improve and nurture their own lives. She enjoys expressing herself through painting and drawing, making jewelry, and fire dancing with poi. She loves going to see live music, traveling, and being outside soaking up the sun.
Laura Caravella – Case Manager for Royce Street
M.Ed., Special Education; Concordia University
BA, Literature; Castleton University
Laura is the newest addition to the Rutland Program team, joining the Ranch in May 2018. She has worked in the educational field for nine years. She has worked as a behavior interventionist, helping people develop and implement independent daily living skills. She has also taught special education in therapeutic classroom settings and in public schools. In her free time, Laura likes to be outside and enjoys hiking, gardening, kayaking, and fishing. She has two dogs, Chloe and Petri, who also like to spend a lot of time outside!
Chris Colm – Case Manager
Chris joined the Ranch as a Case Manager in 2007. He was the dairy manager of a farm with 185 cows that was quite similar to the Ranch for 15 years, where the prize herd of registered Brown Swiss won many awards in Pennsylvania. Not only did Chris work with the cows, but also with many of their mentally ill clients using empathetic listening to help people recover themselves in their lives. He has also spent 14 years operating his own construction company. During this time he built his own home, where he still lives today. Chris was a single parent to his daughter, now 25. He loves to mountain bike in his local woods during the summer months and cross-country ski during the winter.
Brian Commins – Weekend Support Staff
BA, English; Green Mountain College
BFA, Writing; Green Mountain College
Brian is support staff for the Rutland Program and has worked at Spring Lake Ranch since 2013. He was formerly a House Advisor and the Recreation Coordinator. He is working to become a registered nurse and spends his free time studying.
Alex Denton – Program Support Coordinator
BA, Developmental Psychology; Castleton University
Alex has worked for the Rutland Program since 2017. His previous work experience includes being a Polling Interviewer at Castleton University and working the front desk at the Cortina Inn. He loves to listen to Podcasts, audiobooks, and researching the latest psychology news in his free time.
Lynn Dorsky - Case Manager
MSW, Social Work; Simmons (In Progress)
BA, Psychology; Johnson State College
Lynn has worked in the Spring Lake Ranch Program for more than six years. Her previous experience includes teaching pre-K students and working with individuals with disabilities. She is the proud mother of four and enjoys hiking, reiki, animals, and sunshine. She is excited to be working toward her Master’s in social work.
Terry Hanley – Registered Nurse
Master of Divinity; Andover Newton Theological School
BS, Psychology; University of Vermont
AS, Nursing; Greenfield Community College
Terry joined the Ranch’s Rutland Program in January 2018 as the Registered Nurse at Royce Street. He worked for more than a decade at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California and in in-patient psychiatric care at Rutland Regional Medical Center in Vermont. He is passionate about organic gardening and is an Associate Pastor at the Federated Church in Castleton.
Mischa Weisman – Program Support Coordinator
BA, Liberal Arts (Psychology); Union Institute and University
Mischa has worked at Spring Lake Ranch since 2014, beginning his journey as a House Advisor in Cuttingsville. His previous experience also includes working as a Youth Development Counselor, Summer Camp Counselor, Attendant at a State Park, Ski Lift Operator, and Farmhand. Mischa enjoys playing guitar, walking in the woods, meeting new people, crocheting, cooking, whittling, and finding new things to enjoy.
Margi Hilstad – Rutland Program Driver
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
University of Houston
Margi has worked at the Ranch since 2014. She ensures that Rutland Program clients make it to important meetings, doctors’ appointments, and work and volunteer opportunities. Her previous work experience includes the Vermont Country Store and the Jackson Gore Inn at nearby Okemo Mountain Resort. Margi lives with her boyfriend of 11 years and their cat, Sammy. She enjoys reading, playing with Sammy, hiking, listening to music, and spending time with friends.
Andy Richards-Peelle – Case Manager
Andy has worked at Spring Lake Ranch for nearly 20 years, with time at both the Rutland Program and Cuttingsville. He is responsible for encouraging and training residents in areas of basic living and home management skills, social and employment skills, supportive counseling, coordination of services, and more. He is married with three adult children and four grand-dogs. In his spare time, he can be found biking, cross-country skiing, swimming, gardening, and maintaining his old Vermont home.