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.


Jody Brakeley, RN
Clinic Manager and Nurse Case Manager
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Jody grew up on a farm in Bridport and has been a nurse in primary care practices in Addison County since 1983. Jody manages the day-to-day medical operations of the clinic, coordinates our Tuesday evening clinics and ensures appropriate medical follow-up for our patients.


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.


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.


Emma Hopper
Registered Dental Hygienist
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Emma Hopper, originally from Ottawa, Canada, has always had a strong desire to help those in need, so when approached by ODC, she was thrilled to join the team! She graduated from University of Vermont in 2013 with a double major in Art History and Studio Art. After graduation, she started to work at Middlebury Dental Group along-side her father, Dr. Peter Hopper, a general dentist of almost 30 years, and she realized a profession in dentistry was where she saw herself. In 2018, she graduated from Vermont Technical College and started working as a Registered Dental Hygienist. Outside of work, Emma enjoys spending time with her family, boyfriend Ike, and her two Newfie pups, Pippa and Gus.


Christiane Kokubo
Communication 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.


Josh Lanney
Patient Services Coordinator
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Josh assists with the coordination of patient care services. He is responsible for organizing patient visits and coordinating volunteer interpreters. A native of New Hampshire, Josh graduated with a double major in Music and Spanish and a minor in Geography from Saint Michael’s College. He has previously been involved with Vermont’s migrant worker population as a part-time coordinator with Migrant Justice and as a founder and director of the student organization Juntos at Saint Michael’s and the University of Vermont. He is also a professional pianist and a ski coach at Stowe.


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
Dental 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 now assists with the coordination of dental services and as a dental assistant. In May 2019, Paola graduated with a degree in neuroscience from Middlebury College. She enjoys Vermont outdoors, traveling to her hometown in Southern California, and visiting extended family in Guanajuato, Mexico.

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

Danielle Goodrich
  • Member
  • Town: Salisbury

Peggy Keith
  • Member
  • Town: Middlebury

Alicia Rodriguez
  • Member
  • Town: Salisbury

Gina Tindall
  • Treasurer
  • Town: Middlebury

Adam Fasoli, DMD
  • Dental Director
  • Town: Middlebury

Gale Hurd
  • Member
  • Town: Middlebury

Matthew Kimble
  • Member
  • Town: Middlebury

Laurene Rogers
  • Secretary
  • Town: Middlebury

Miguel Fernandez
  • Member
  • Town: Weybridge

Ann Jones-Weinstock
  • Member
  • Town: Middlebury

Linn Larson, MD
  • Medical Director
  • Town: Middlebury

Jim Runcie, Esq
  • Member
  • Town: Starksboro