Leadership Team

Taysa Lynch
Operations Coordinator


Taysa found a love for Prevention through her work in developing, launching and coordinating a Peer Based, Youth Leadership Programs for Vermont and New Hampshire youth who struggle with addiction, either themselves, or within their family unit.   She has seen first-hand, the need and benefits of prevention, specifically in our youth, and is excited to be working with a team with the same goals and passion as hers. 
In addition to her works as a Certified Prevention Specialist with PW!VT, she also works in the field of recovery as a Certified Addiction Counselor, supporting youth in Windsor and Sullivan Counties.
Taysa deeply enjoys creating sustainable programming and brining new resources to her community.  
When she isn’t working, Taysa loves traveling, exploring new places and coed softball. 

Beth Shrader
Director of Programs


Beth has worked in the substance misuse prevention field in Vermont since 2004 starting as the Director of the Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition. Prior to joining PW! VT as a full-time staff member in July 2023, Beth worked for PW! VT as a consultant for two and a half years. As the Director of Programs, she coordinates workforce and professional development projects, networking opportunities, and other programming. Beth is also the principal of a consulting organization serving non-profit organizations in the Northeast whose clients included hospitals and health services organization, law enforcement agencies, local government as well as substance abuse prevention coalitions.
 Beth holds a degree from Rutgers University and attended North
Carolina State University.

Our Steering Committee

Prevention Works!VT is guided by leaders in Vermont’s substance misuse prevention community

Jessica Bickford

Coalition Coordinator
Healthy Lamoille Valley

Cindy Hayford

Executive Director
Deerfield Valley Community Partnership

Tom Fontana

Alcohol, Cannabis and other Drugs Initiative Manager, UVM

Maryann Morris

Executive Director
The Collaborative

Mariah Flynn

Coalition Director
The Burlington Partnership for a Healthy Community

Will Eberley

Director of Recovery Vermont and 
The Vermont Association of Mental Health And Addiction Recovery