Director at Large

Lauren Dever, LICSW

Lauren received a Masters Degree Social Work from Boston University in 1997. She spent three years providing therapy and case management at the Germaine Lawrence Residential School for girls and then began work at the VA in Boston in December 2000. She provided therapy and case management to homeless women Veterans. As Coordinator of the Homeless Women Veterans' Program, she treated the women for PTSD and substance abuse. Of particular interest for Lauren were homeless Veteran families. She focused much of her time on advocating for the rights of these families and assured that as many families were permanently houses as possible. Lauren was a member of the NASW MA Housing and Homelessnes Committee from 2003 to 2013. She spent some of that time as co-chair. She was also elected to the NASW MA Nominations & Leadership Committee and served from 2011 to 2013.

Lauren was an advocate for social work education during her time at the VA and formed a Social Work Education Committee so that social workers could receive in house trainings in order to meet the CEU requirements. Lauren has recently moved to VT from Boston, and is enjoying gardening, reading, and swimming. She is a member of the local historical society and has recently completed an oral history on a farmer whose family has farmed in VT since the 1700's.