Our Team

Sam Drazin, Executive Director

Changing Perspectives founder Sam Drazin is a certified elementary educator and former elementary school teacher. Sam was born with Treacher Collins Syndrome, a rare congenital disorder resulting in both facial anomaly and hearing loss. As a child, Sam underwent seven surgeries while attending his local public school. Sam’s experiences, both as a student with a disability and as a teacher working in an inclusive classroom, made him recognize the importance of improving awareness and understanding of disabilities. Sam continues to be amazed by the positive impact that disability awareness initiatives are having on students and educators around the country.

Sam can be reached at sam@cpne.org

Annie DiVello, New England Liaison

Annie DiVello is a licensed and ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She has worked with children all across the country including West Virginia, Georgia, and South Central Los Angeles. Her particular area of clinical interest is Selective Mutism. Annie co-owns New England Pediatric Services in Bedford, New Hampshire, along with her esteemed business partner, Cass Chapman. As our New England Liaison, Annie does school outreach in southern New Hampshire and nearby communities. She is honored to be a part of this tremendous initiative because alongside the children she serves, Annie has seen first hand the benefits of disability awareness, understanding, empathy, and compassion.

Annie can be reached at annie@cpne.org

Molly Ritvo, Communications Specialist

Molly Ritvo is thrilled to be part of the Changing Perspectives team as communications specialist. Born and raised in the sweet town of Montpelier, Molly now resides in Burlington. She graduated with a BA from Tufts University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. Molly has worked as a communications specialist in a variety of different organizations in the Burlington, Vermont, area. Joining the Changing Perspectives team allows Molly to combine her interests in communication, storytelling, and increasing empathy. Molly is also a freelance writer and enjoys being outside, practicing yoga, baking gluten free desserts and spending time with family and friends.

Molly can be reached at molly@cpne.org

Holly Lane, Program Coordinator

Whether it was good timing or just plain luck, Holly Lane was astounded when she came across the Changing Perspectives job posting for a program coordinator. Here was an opportunity to put to use more than two decades of experience in nonprofits, development, and education and apply it to an incredible mission. Professionally and personally, Holly has seen the impacts a program like Changing Perspectives can have for students, teachers and families, and she is excited to work with the team on organizational capacity building, grant writing, and school outreach. She lives in East Montpelier with her husband, four children, and an assortment of pets.

Holly can be reached at holly@cpne.org

Elizabeth Doppler-Bourassa, Educator Resource Coach

Elizabeth Doppler-Bourassa, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in private practice at The Village Counsel in Dover, New Hampshire, where she provides mental health services for individuals across the life span. She also enjoys collaborating as a multidisciplinary team member as a consulting psychologist at New England Pediatric Services in Bedford, New Hampshire. She is a co-author of  Beyond the Campus: Building a Sustainable University-Community Partnership, which is based on her experience collaborating with members of a large, urban preschool community to introduce a system-wide model for constructive conflict resolution. In addition to her research on community-based interventions in schools, Beth has worked as a consulting mental health professional in a variety of public and private educational settings.

Beth can be reached at beth@cpne.org

Board of Directors

Chris Ward, PhD – President

Monica McEnery, MA, EdD – Vice President

Claudia Gibson, MD – Secretary

Maureen Ripple, PhD – Treasurer

Patrica Lanter Dufty, MD

Debra Gardner-Baasch, EdD

Glennis Gold, JD

Ellen Langsner, MEd, CAGS

Jill Lloyd, APRN