- Masters in Social Work – Walla Walla College
- Bachelors in Social Work – University of Montana
- 23+ years working with adolescents in therapeutic settings
- Boulder Creek Academy, Director of Admissions
- Northwest Academy, Clinical Director/Therapist
- CPS - On Call Crisis Counselor (Child Welfare / Placement Needs)
- Wardle Home - Owner / Private Therapeutic Adolescent Girls Home
- Idaho Educational Services - Therapist
- Child Care Counselor - Missoula Youth Homes Crisis Shelter for Adolescents
- YWCA - Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor
- YWCA - Facilitator for programs supporting women's independence
I am honored and humbled to be able to assist parents at the beginning of their wilderness therapy journey. While I personally have witnessed the amazing “gift” of outdoor programs in my twenty plus years as an adolescent therapist, I still can only imagine the task parents face in determining how best to help their child. (Thus, I tend to look at each child’s unique challenges and strengths through the lens of a clinician and a parent myself.) For this reason, I want to share as much information about Outback as possible so that families feel confident in choosing our wonderful program and staff. I love instilling hope in the future and providing a glimpse of all that will be gained in the areas of their child’s self-worth and self-awareness, the healing of family relationships and education/training for parents, understanding and practicing healthy friendships, learning positive coping skills, and most importantly developing a plan for the future and motivating teens to continue their progress long after Outback. Though the child is the one benefiting from their direct experiences in the field, I believe the support, education and training for the family (or parents) is equally as important – starting with understanding all the aspects to Outback. I appreciate being able to use my life experiences, parenting experiences and professional experiences to support parents as they make possibly one of the most challenging decisions to help their child.
Growing up in a tight knit family as the third oldest of nine children, I tend to thrive on personal connections and relationships. My husband and I with our three children (12 year old twins and a 17 year old), live on a little bit of acreage with three dogs, two cats, two pygmy goats, chickens, ducks, rabbits, doves and quails. Amidst our busy schedules, we enjoy spending time in the beautiful outdoors in all four seasons. I have loved downhill skiing, photography and most importantly visiting with family and friends. Though I’ve given up my “thrill seeking” activities like bungee jumping and sky diving as I’ve grown older, I still seem to meet my need for excitement by balancing a very busy life and fitting everything into only 24 hours in a day. My goals are to return to carving out time for my own personal fitness so I may stay healthy for many years to come.