My Story


I have always been drawn to work with kids and their families.  I am fortunate that my career combines my gifts and my passion – connecting with other people, and helping them to look inside, explore their path and make the hard choices to find their own success and satisfaction. 

Very early in my career I designed and administered youth programs for the YMCA.  Even then I could see how a healthy, structured, safe environment could positively impact the lives of kids from all backgrounds.  The work I did brought happiness to children and teens from all walks of life and all socioeconomic backgrounds by embracing the values of spirit, mind and body.  I knew from that point that I would eventually pursue a career helping young people navigate the challenges of growing up and becoming their best version of themselves. 

For the past 10+ years I have supported numerous high schools as a Student Achievement Specialist and a Prevention Interventionist.  Through my work with the Educational Services Division of Washington State I have worked with some of the most challenged school districts and most disadvantaged students in our state.  I'm proud to have made a difference for kids struggling through life’s most difficult circumstances who in many cases had no other positive influence or role model in their lives.  It’s here that I realized the profound difference one person can make in the health, happiness and future potential of other human beings.

I am also privileged to have served 12 years as an instructor for the Juvenile Justice Center's Diversion program and am a Mental Health First Aid Instructor for Mental Health USA. 

Education, Training, Certification and Experience:​

  • Washington State University

    • Psychology, Sociology and Criminal Justice.

  • Certified Transformation Life Coach, Seattle Life Coach Training

  • Adult/Youth Mental Health Certified Facilitator through MHFA USA

  • Trauma Informed, ACE Trained

  • Anger Regression Training, Certified

  • Benton Franklin Dispute Resolution Center Mediator 

  • Sexual Assault Response Center Advocate Certified

  • Columbia Basin Domestic Violence Advocate Certified

  • Mid Columbia Ropes Course Co-Facilitator

  • YMCA of the USA Director Status

  • Over 30 years experience working with kids/teens/young adults  

  • 1,000's of youth and teen clients (ages 11-28)

    • Mentored/ guided/ encouraged/ assisted and empowered