About Us


The Family Center was established in 2004 by Executive Director Chuck Myers, PhD. Dr. Myers recognized that a multi-services mental health clinic was necessary to help broaden the continuum of care services at NFI. Dave Melnick, LICSW was hired as the Program Director and the Family Center began accepting clients immediately.

From the beginning, the Family Center focused on providing family therapy as a central modality of treatment. Substantial evidence and clinical experience demonstrate working with families is often the most effective, efficient and respectful way to address clinical concerns. Working with families respects the importance of caregivers in the lives of children and adolescents; family work rests on the notions that healing the family system is one of the most powerful ways to promote change, build resilience and improve relational health.

Tina Bleau, M.A. and Joelle van Lent, Psy.D. joined the Family Center in 2005 as staff psychologists. Tina and Joelle had worked for many years (along with Dave) in NFI’s residential treatment programs. In addition to working directly with therapy clients, Tina and Joelle also provided evaluative and consultative services to local schools and agencies.

In 2006, the Family Center established a graduate internship program, eventually hosting students from the University of Vermont, St. Mike’s, Antioch University, and Smith College. Many former interns are now experts and leaders in the field of mental health.

Over the course of the next decade, the Family Center grew significantly, and our staff grew to accommodate. Pete Cudney, LICSW, Mike Piche, LCMHC, and Kate Houston, M.A. joined the Family Center, each bringing effective, compassionate care to the families we served.


By 2015, the Family Center had consulted with over 35 public schools and seven private day-treatment schools around the state to develop trauma-informed approaches with their students. While trauma-informed practices have become central to our work with schools, we continue to consult and train on a variety of other issues as well. The schools have been excellent partners, and have contributed strong leadership in addressing the needs of many youth and families in our community.

The Family Center also has a strong partnership with DCF; we have provided both evaluative and consultative services dating back to 2010. Our work with DCF has been instructive and productive; our staff have remained impressed with the motivation and desire of DCF to meet the needs of Vermont children and families. We have been inspired by the numerous workers and supervisors who have been willing to implement creative and innovative approaches into their work.

To learn more about what services we offer, visit our Client Services page.

A current listing of our staff and their credentials can be found on our Staff page.

Feel free to contact us at FamilyCenter@nafi.com for more information.

Phone: (802) 951-0450
Fax: (802) 652-2008
3000 Williston Rd.  Suite #2
South Burlington, Vermont 05403