Director at Large

Bobbie Surott Kimberly LICSW, CTRS

Bobbie received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Recreation Administration with an Emphasis in Therapeutics from San Diego State University in 1980 and her Masters Degree in Social Work (clinical major/macro certificate) from Boston University's School of Social Work in 2002. She spent the early years of her career as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) working in and around San Diego, CA with people of all ages and backgrounds in inpatient, outpatient and residential settings. She and her clients worked together to improve their social and leisure skills. Bobbie joined the staff of the Evaluation and Brief Treatment if PTSD Unit at the VA Medical Center in White River Junction VT in 1995 where she and a four person multidisciplinary treatment team worked with combat Veterans until she and a colleague in the EBPTU decided to return to school to pursue a Masters in Social Work. While engaging in coursework at BU, Bobbie worked as a Research Health Science Specialist at the VA's National Center for Patient Safety until she was chosen in 2002 to be one of two Primary Care Social Workers working with Veterans and their families to manage their medical social work needs. Bobbie served in a collateral duty as WRJ's Women Veterans Program Manager (WVPM) from 2002 to 2008 when she was chosen by a group of her peers and female Veterans to serve as the full time WVPM for Veterans at the parent facility and the Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC) in Vermont and portions of New Hampshire. In this role she partnered closely with female Vets to assess and develop programs that would meet their individual and group biopsychosocial needs. After a short “sabbatical” from July 2014 to January 2015, Bobbie returned to VA as one of the health care system’s Senior CBOC Social Workers, where she supports the biopsychosocial needs of Veterans in collaboration with fellow social workers and other interdisciplinary team members on Veterans patient aligned care teams. Her interests include spending time with friends and her family (furry and feathered); walking and hiking; drumming and weaving and watching anything from the BBC.