- MSW w/ focus in Sustainable Development & Global Practice, University of Denver
- BA Spanish, Harding University
- BSW Social Work, Harding University
- Executive Director, Greenward
- Scholarships Program Manager & Communications Assistant, Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania – Orkeeswa School
- AmeriCorps VISTA Education Programs Staff Member, The GrowHaus
- Education Programs MSW Intern, The GrowHaus
- Research Assistant, Pardee Center for International Futures
I am greatly influenced by the practice of Nonviolent Communication in the way I approach therapeutic interactions for both individual and group settings. I work to create spaces of shared trust that, through non-judgement and empathy, invite the individual to express their inner world. So much of this work is rooted in connection and rapport that is built through a steady presence of showing up to listen and genuinely relate as people. The complexity of the human experience humbles and fascinates me, especially as we relate to ourselves and those around us. As such, my focus tends to center around the theme of reconciliation: between the individual and family members, the inner self and body, and the person in relation to environment, in order to explore and learn how we can bring our whole selves to compassionately mend and heal. I love walking alongside young people as they grow, and I thoroughly enjoy witnessing the teachings of Nature; how the rhythms and patterns of the natural world can help us begin to make some sense of the life within and around us.
Nothing energizes me more than being outside! When I am not climbing mountains or collecting rocks in the wilderness, however, I enjoy thrifting chunky sweaters, writing short stories and poems, training for half marathons, spending time with friends, or exploring new places. I love learning new perspectives, so I frequently have a nonfiction book in hand and can be heard attempting to speak new (to me) languages. I spend a fair amount of time with my hands in the soil, experimenting with gardening and learning more about herbal medicine, while strategizing for the nonprofit startup I lead. Above all, I have a deep passion for community, and whether it is expressed through potluck lunches in the park or a movie night that I host to view the incredible films in the Twilight Saga, my love of people guides all that I do.