Masters of Social Work, Western Carolina University
BS, Southern Illinois University
Director of Business Development –Outback Therapeutic Expeditions
Founder/Change Agent – Dare to Rise, LLC
Clinical Intern – Solstice East
Clinical Intern – Helpmate: Domestic Violence Shelter
Outreach Director – Open Sky Wilderness
Admissions/Marketing Director – InnerChange
Admissions Director / Operations Director – CRC Health Group
Program Manager – Four Corners School of Outdoor Education
Basecamp Manager / Field & Unity Project Instructor / Diversity Trainer – North Carolina Outward Bound School
Wilderness Field Instructor – Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness
Assistant Dorm Parent – Brehm Preparatory School
My love and appreciation for the power of wilderness began in 1998 during my first backpacking course through the Wilderness Education Association. The stillness and calming effects of time spent outside and working with a group of humans who relied and encouraged one another made a lasting impression that ultimately led me to where I am today. My opportunities as a direct care staff in wilderness and residential settings, coupled with leadership roles in human resources, programming, marketing, and admissions departments in private pay and non-profit sectors, have allowed me to gain a wealth of experience and enhanced my pursuit for interconnection.
Throughout my career, my personal approach has been shaped by my fascination of human behavior, the extraordinary capacity of human connections, and the courageous journeys individuals embark upon to dig deep, lean in, and tap into their full potential. My hope is to create platforms and opportunities that invite people to identify their own values in order to discover their purpose and meaning, acknowledge their authentic self, and become agents of change.
I hold a vested interested in the support and advocacy of individuals who fall within marginalized and vulnerable populations. What rests within my core is an insatiable passion for the advocacy of female empowerment and multicultural awareness initiatives, which has led me to facilitating workshops, presentations, panel discussions, and process groups centering on such issues. I am a lover of arts, specifically of musicals and poetry slams, given the incredible way it can take us out of our day-to-day routines and foster the wonders of unlimited possibilities through imagination and play. My favorite personal interest would have to be my loved ones. No matter the distance, age, or length of relationship, they continue to push me to grow, to think critically and challenge status quo, and to celebrate all the parts of me that make me who I am.