Our Team

The Open Door Clinic is run by a passionate and committed part-time team based in Middlebury, Vermont. We can only increase access to healthcare because of our +140 amazing volunteers, which includes our Medical Director, our Dental Director, and our Board of Directors.


Heidi Sulis, MPH
Executive Director
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Heidi has been working in health care since 1985. She began her career at the American College of Nurse-Midwives and from there spent three years working for the Frontier Nursing Service in southeastern Kentucky. From 1989 to 2011, she managed the Department of Community Health Outreach at Porter Hospital, where, among a variety of programs and projects, she was fully responsible for managing and evaluating staff persons and developing and maintaining the departmental budget. While at Porter, and in collaboration with the Vermont Humanities Council, she was able to provide all employees and volunteers an opportunity to share experiences through the reading of literature, poetry and sharing stories. Prior to joining the Open Door Clinic staff, Heidi worked at Bristol Internal Medicine, volunteered at clinics and served on ODC's Board of Directors. Heidi earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology and English from Wellesley College, and a Master's Degree in Public Health from Yale Medical School.


Alysse Anton
Administrative Assistant
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Alysse was born in the French-speaking region of Switzerland to a Swiss mother and a Spanish father. After college, she left Switzerland to teach French in Bogota, Colombia.  In parallel of her French teaching career, Alysse also completed a M.A. in mental health counseling and worked at the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, coordinating the homebound grocery delivery program, and creating social events to create a connection among the often-isolated homebound population.

She is excited to be part of the team at Open Door Clinic assisting with any administrative needs in the office, communicating with patients in the language of their choice, and completing any other special projects that would be useful and respectful to the mission of Open Door Clinic.

When she is not working, Alysse enjoys being outdoors at all seasons, hiking, biking, and rock climbing with her husband and dog.


Ike Chepolis
Dental Assistant
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Due to his love of writing, Ike Chepolis first graduated from college in English and Philosophy. However, after working at a dental office and realizing how fulfilling the work was, he decided to go back to school to pursue a career in dentistry. While working at Middlebury Dental Group as a dental assistant, he heard about the Open Door Clinic and was immediately drawn to our caring and personable team. Ike believes that dental care should be accessible to anyone that needs it, and he is grateful for being part of ODC’s dental program. Last Fall, he took his DAT (Dental Admission Test) and will be applying to dental schools this Spring. Ike enjoys cooking, hiking, music, playing hockey, and drawing.


Melanie Clark
Vermont Health Connect Certified Application Counselor
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Melanie assists individuals and small businesses in understanding their health care options, provides them with impartial information regarding plans, and helps them apply for plans that best fit their needs. Prior to taking this position, she worked with the ODC for 13 years as the Tobacco Prevention Coordinator for Addison County, when she focused on tobacco prevention and control initiatives.


Julia Doucet, RN
Outreach Nurse & Nurse Case Manager
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Julia runs health outreach clinics throughout Addison County, especially targeting migrant farm workers.  Clinics include vaccination clinics, basic health screenings, and dental screenings.  She is fluent in Spanish and has lived and worked in Mexico and Central America.


Gretchen Dunn, RDH
Dental Hygienist
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Gretchen joined the ODC in February 2021. Originally from Minnesota, she first graduated with a degree in Geology, worked at an environmental firm, taught Math and Geology, and worked at a day care facility before taking a path in dental health. She likes to ski, read, garden, and hike with her dog, which she adores.


Adam Fasoli, DMD
Volunteer Dental Director
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Adam Fasoli graduated from Middlebury College with a BA in Religion in 2004, and from Tufts School of Dental Medicine in 2010. Adam has always known that he wanted to be in the healthcare profession but did not discover dentistry until after he graduated from Middlebury. Dentistry allows him help people with their oral health needs and also gives him the freedom to practice exactly the way he thinks will benefit the patients the most. Adam loves being a dentist and cannot imagine being in another profession. He is very excited to help integrate our migrant patient population into the Vermont healthcare community.


Christiane Kokubo
Communications Specialist
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Chris was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, the country with the biggest Japanese community outside of Japan. She is Latina, but her native language is Portuguese, so she is not Hispanic. In 2016-2017, Chris and her husband Nate took an epic journey driving 30,000 miles from home para casa, or from Vermont to São Paulo, and promoted a $1/km fundraising campaign for the ODC while traveling.


Linn Larson, MD
Volunteer Medical Director
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Linn did her medical training at UVM and her residency in Tacoma, Washington, where she started volunteering in an urban free clinic. She has worked and lived in Addison County since 1992. Linn started volunteering with the Open Door Clinic when we were still operating out of a bus, and became our medical director in the summer of 2019. She has enjoyed travel medicine in Mexico, Peru and most recently in an Arizona migrant clinic. In her free time, she enjoys all sorts of sports, singing in choirs and socializing. Linn and her husband Ren Barlow have two grown children who are currently in graduate school in California.


Paola Meza
Patient Services Coordinator
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Paola started volunteering with the Open Door Clinic in the fall of 2015 as a medical interpreter. She has worked as a summer and winter intern, and in September 2018 she was hired as ODC's dental services coordinator and dental assistant. Since May 2020, Paola coordinates patient care services, which includes, between other responsibilities, organizing patient visits and coordinating volunteer interpreters. In May 2019, Paola graduated with a degree in neuroscience from Middlebury College. She enjoys Vermont outdoors and visiting her family in Los Angeles, California, and Guanajuato, Mexico.

Martha Redpath, RN
Nurse
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Martha has worked many years as a midwife serving the women and families in Vermont. She is married, and has 3 grown children. She is honored to be finding a way to be helpful with ODC during the administration of COVID-19 vaccines to the Addison County farmworkers. In her spare time, you can find her off on a bike or out in the woods with her dogs and friends.


Savannah Solomon, RN
Nurse
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Savannah Solomon has been a nurse for nearly 10 years working in various fields, but most recently in community health specializing in caring for those struggling with substance use disorder. Passionate about human and environmental rights, she is excited to join ODC and facilitate a welcoming and safe atmosphere to any and all, with kindness and a smile. Savannah believes every human has the right to health, happiness, and safety; and feels very honored to be part of a community that strives to provide that for our neighbors. Outside of nursing, she enjoys being outdoors, camping, hiking, gardening, listening to music, or creating art, primarily pottery. Her dog, Joplin (after Janis), is next to her on all adventures. She grew up in the Islands, currently lives in Burlington, and loves our beautiful state of Vermont. She looks forward to giving back to our communities who so kindly give to us.

Open Door Clinic Board of Directors

The Open Door Clinic Board members include professionals from every corner in Addison County. They come from diverse professional backgrounds and are committed to contribute for a healthier community.

Carol Causton, RN
  • Chair
  • Town: Shoreham
Gale Hurd
  • Member
  • Town: Middlebury
Matthew Kimble
  • Member
  • Town: Middlebury
Alicia Rodriguez
  • Member
  • Town: Salisbury
Gina Tindall
  • Member
  • Town: Middlebury
Adam Fasoli, DMD
  • Dental Director
  • Town: Middlebury
Ann Jones-Weinstock
  • Member
  • Town: Middlebury
Linn Larson, MD
  • Medical Director
  • Town: Middlebury
Laurene Rogers
  • Treasurer
  • Town: Middlebury
Lisa Winkler
  • Member
  • Town: Bridport
Miguel Fernandez
  • Secretary
  • Town: Weybridge
Peggy Keith
  • Member
  • Town: Middlebury
Patricia Reid
  • Member
  • Town: Vergennes
Jim Runcie, Esq
  • Member
  • Town: Starksboro