Faculty & Staff

Francesca Arnoldy

StoryListening Investigator

Founding Program Director, UVM End-of-Life Doula Professional Certificate Program

Interests: Reading, nature walks with my pup, making memories with loved ones, genuine conversations, and all things doula 

Life Advice: My motivational mantra: “You’ll never have more time than right now!”

Greg Brown

Storylistening Doula Interventionist

End-of-life Doula Instructor, UVM End-of-Life Doula Professional Certificate Program

Interests: Late-night conversations, music-making, dancing, laughing, long flat bike rides, hors d’oeuvres, building empathy, cooperation

Life Advice: “Collect friendships, not stuff”

Katharine L. Cheung, MD, PhD

Telemedicine Investigator

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Nephrology ; Center of Aging

Interests: Hiking, kayaking, cooking, gardening

Life Advice:”Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot, but make it hot by striking.” -W.B. Yeats

Bradford Demarest, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

Interests: language, science, machine learning, interdisciplinarity, hiking, music, cooking, biking, games. Interstitial stuff. Analogies. Collaboration.

Life Advice: Practice compassion toward yourself and other people. Lift with your legs, not your back. Drink water. Take walks. Do new things.

Matilda Garrido, CT

StoryListening Doula Interventionist

Certified Thanatologist  

Interests: cooking, going to the movies, outdoor exercise, playing with my dog, spending time with family and friends

Life Advice: “Let life be a dance between letting it happen and making it happen” – Arianna Huffington

Maggie Eppstein, PhD

Machine Learning Investigator

Research Professor and Professor Emeritus, Department of Computer Science

Interests: Research-wise, I love discovering things about how the world works using computational modeling and analysis in a wide variety of application domains. Aside from research, I love being in Nature – especially camping, hiking, kayaking, and rock-hounding. Around the house I love designing remodeling projects (that my husband implements), landscaping and perennial gardening, sewing, upholstering, and other creative crafty projects, and hosting family get-togethers over the Holidays for my two grown sons and various other siblings, cousins, in-laws.

Life Advice: A wise piece of advice passed down to me from my Mom: “If you’re going to feel guilty about something, don’t do it. Once you decide to do something, don’t feel guilty about it.

Robert Gramling, MD, DSc

Principal Investigator

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Holly and Bob Miller Chair in Palliative Medicine, Professor of Family Medicine  

Interests: Laughing, hiking, biking, writing, dancing, sharing big ideas, iaido

Life Advice: Watch for a second arrow”

Emily Manetta, PhD

Professor of Linguistics

Interests: travel, child-wrangling, soccer, doing linguistics, open water swimming, long conversations

Life Advice: ” A word after a word after a word is power.” – Margaret Atwood

Maija Reblin, PhD

Health Psychology Investigator

Associate Professor, College of Medicine

Interests: Running, rowing, playing outside, beach reads, exploring mechanisms in social contexts, dogs & friends.

Life Advice: Spend your time with people who make you better.”

Donna Rizzo, PhD

Machine Learning Investigator

Professor and Dorothean Chair, School of Engineering

Interests: Machine-Learning and developing computational tools to improve the understanding of human-induced changes on natural systems and the way we make decisions about natural resources and multi-scale environmental problems.

Life Advice: “Learn a lot and have fun!

Elise Tarbi, PhD, MBE, APRN

Conversation Science Investigator

Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing

Interests: Puns, poetry, and high-quality communication, climbing mountains, the phases of the moon, cleaning up legos and my blind cat.

Life Advice:Always find a reason to celebrate (and remember to pack a snack).”


Ian Bhatia

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Major: Psychological sciences

Interests: hiking, skiing, playing the drums, and listening to music

Life Advice: Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Beuller

Advik Dewoolkar

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Interests: Hiking, Snowboarding, Tea, and Popular Culture

Life Advice: “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift. That’s why they call it the present.” – Oogway

Katie Flynn

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Major: Neuroscience

Interests: Skiing, hiking, piano, medicine, music

Life Advice: “Take a moment once and a while to look back and see how much you’ve accomplished”

Cailin Gramling

Master’s Student – Complex Systems & Data Science

Interests: Dance, statistics, debate, coffee

Life Advice: “I feel like I have not lived long enough to give life advice. When I am older and wiser, I will get back to you!”

Hope Linge

Summer Research Internship

Quaker Valley High School

Interests: Skiing, swimming, hikes with friends, playing the piano

Life Advice: Be strong, trust yourself, love yourself, conquer your fears. Just go after what you want, and act fast because life just isn’t that long” -Pam Halpert, The Office

Jeremy Matt

PhD Student – Computer Science

Interests: Machine learning and computational methods, mountain biking, hiking, blacksmithing, telemark skiing, woodworking, and reading

Life advice: My mom’s response when I resisted getting off the couch to go do something (a bike ride, a school assignment, a cross-country ski, etc): “Tough”

PS: My kids HATE that response as much as I used to

Nina Pastore

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Major: English Writing

Interests: Skiing, rowing, poetry, listening

Life advice: “Spend less time on social media!”

Max Perrotto

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Major: Data Science

Interests: Music, Cooking, Snowboarding, Community Activism, Jeopardy

Life advice: “There’s always more than meets the eye, so pay attention to everything, big and small.”

Ann Wong

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Major: Biology

Interests: Skiing, surfing, playing the piano, and drinking tea

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Bridger Banco

Environmental Engineering

Interests: Hiking and backpacking, paddling, fishing, dogs, skiing, and birding

Life Advice: “Be kind to others and others will be kind to you. Also, always have fun!”

Tess Braddish, MS

Laboratory Manager

Interests: Exploring the outdoors, teaching yoga and practicing meditation, cooking up creative new dishes, hiking and camping in the green mountains, fighting for social justice, listening to music, talking to my plants, and playing with puppies!

Life Advice: “You cannot pour from an empty cup, remember to refill yourself.”

Larry Clarfeld, PhD

Computer Science

Interests: My interests outside of academia include field ecology, birding, hiking, camping, playing guitar and spending time with my family. 

Brigitte Durieux

Biochemistry and French

Interests: Music, language, painting, hellbenders, space, stand-up, comedy, and trees.

Life Advice: “Enjoy all that you can”

Laura Hirsch


Interests: Cycling, Irish Dancing, gardening, hiking and chemistry poetry

Life Advice: “If the grass is greener on the other side, there is probably more manure there

Ali Javed, PhD

Computer Science

Interests: Food, traveling and fitness

Life Advice: “Persistence, determination and patience.”

Viktoria Manukyan, MS

Product Engineer at Global Foundries

UVM Complex Systems Master’s Degree 2018

Interests: Big Data, Machine Learning, SUP Yoga and Dancing 

Life Advice: “Being confident and believing in your own self-worth will make everything possible

Aidan May

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Major: Biochemistry

Interests: Running, biking, origami, nonfiction, and bagels

Life advice: “Just breathe”

Lindsay Ross

Computer Science

Interests: Cooking, running, singing, crafting 

Life Advice: “If you are not doing what you love, you are wasting your time.” –Billy Joel

Aidan Ryan

Civil Engineering

Interests: Playing guitar, anything outdoors, and of course diner breakfasts

Life Advice: “To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift.” – Steve Prefontaine

Jack Straton


Joseph Wills

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Major: Computer Science

Interests: research wise: natural language processing, human computer interaction. in general: filmmaking, books about space, and Frasier

Life Advice: Be yourself.