Sandra S Dooley

Sandra Dooley
Sandra Dooley

Time Period

1940 to Today

Notable Facts

Director of Planning and Evaluation for the Department of Social Welfare under Governor Madeleine Kunin. Appointed by the Governor to the Commission on Women. Currently a Senior Policy Advisor for the Vermont Department of Health.

Personal Information

Date of Birth

08/30/1947

Primary Residence

South Burlington

Ethnicity

Caucasian

Historical Significance

Sandra S. Dooley was the Director of Planning and Evaluation for the Department of Social Welfare under Governor Madeleine Kunin. She was appointed by the Governor to the Commission on Women and is currently a senior policy advisor for the Vermont Department of Health.

Sandra Dooley was born in Pennsylvania and came to Vermont to attend Middlebury College. She graduated with an A.B. in English Literature in 1969 and became a social worker with the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. Dooley obtained her M.Ed. from the University of Vermont in 1975 and was an Assistant Professor/ Instructor in the Community Services Division at Champlain College from 1974 to 1978. While teaching, she was also a Special Assistant in the Commissioner's Office of the Department of Social Welfare. Subsequently, Dooley was a student in West Virginia University's School of Social Work from which she received a Master's in Social Work degree in 1979. Her social work practicum involved working as a Program Assistant in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, office of the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor. Following receipt of her social work degree, she worked as a Program Planner in the Agency of Human Services' Planning Division. From 1979 to 1980, Dooley was a Policy Analyst with Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. and then transitioned to being a self-employed public policy consultant. In this capacity, she carried out research projects for the United Way of Chittenden County and evaluated the human services transportation system.

From 1985 to 2001, Dooley held a variety of positions within the Department of Prevention, Assistance, Transition, and Health Access(PATH), which is now a part of the Department for Children and Families. She started as Planning and Evaluation Director, where she oversaw the creation and implementation of rules supporting the expansion of Medicaid, 1988 federal welfare requirements, and changes in fuel assistance programs. Her next position in this department was Reach Up Director, where she managed the education, training, and employment programs established for parents receiving Reach Up financial assistance. From 1992 to 2001, she was Deputy Commissioner of the Department, which required her to manage PATH programs such as medical care coverage, food subsidies, home-heating assistance, and welfare-to-work and income assistance.

Since 2001, Dooley has worked for the Vermont Department of Health as a Senior Policy Advisor. She is responsible for leading and coordinating policy, planning and quality improvement initiatives in the 12 district offices of the Office of Local Health. As of 2007, Dooley has served as a City Councilor for South Burlington, Vermont. She is the author of several reports, which include, "Human Services Transportation in Chittenden County, Vermont", "Welfare Reform: A Vermont Perspective," and Self-Sufficiency for Single Parents: Is A Job Enough?"

Dooley is a member of numerous professional organizations and has been appointed to various committees. From 1986 to 2005, Dooley served on the Vermont Commission on Women and was a member of the Governor's Partnership in Child Care Committee from 1988 to 1995. She is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers, the National Association of Social Workers, where she was on the Vermont Chapter Board of Directors from 1993-1999, and the Vermont Public Health Association. Dooley served on the Advisory Board of the Child Care Fund of Vermont from 1995 to 2006, was a 1989 Toll Fellow and a 2004 Northeast Regional Public Health Leadership Institute Scholar. She and her husband have lived in the same home since 1974 and are active members of their local community. Dooley has served on the Steering Committee of the Spear Street-East Terrace Neighborhood Association since 2001.

Organizations or Movements

  • Governing Board of the Governor's Commission on Women
  • Partnership in Child Care Committee
  • Vermont Council for Quality
  • South Burlington City Council
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW)
  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • NASW Vermont Chapter Board of Directors (1993-1999)
  • Vermont Public Health Association (2003- )
  • Child Care Fund of Vermont (1995- 2006)
  • Steering Committee of the Spear Street-East Terrace Neighborhood Association.

Occupations

  • Director of Planning and Evaluation for the Department of Social Welfare
  • College instructor
  • Consultant
  • Deputy Commissioner of Vermont's Department of Prevention, Assistance, Transition and Health Access (PATH)
  • City Councilor
  • Senior Policy Advisor for the Vermont Department of Health
  • Policy Analyst, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
  • Social Worker
  • Program Assistant for the U.S. Department of Labor
  • Program Planner, Vermont Agency of Human Services.

Education

  • AB in English Literature, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT, (1969)
  • M.Ed. in Counseling, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, (1975)
  • MSW in Social Work, West Virginia University, (1979).

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • Status of Vermont Women and Girls Link

  • Cheng, Barbara. Trailblazers: Vermont Women and Leadership Development. Burlington, VT: Trinity College of Vermont, 1988.

  • Sandra Dooley's Personal C.V.