Rutland Transition 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 Street 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, Royce Street
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.
Alex Denton – 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 for Royce Street and Transition Coordinator
BA, Psychology; Johnson State College
MSW, Social Work; Simmons (In Progress)
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
BS, Psychology; University of Vermont
Master of Divinity; Andover Newton Theological School
AS, Nursing; Greenfield Community College
Terry joined the Ranch’s Rutland Program in January 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 – 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 & Support Staff
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 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, Rutland Program
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.