I grew up in Columbia, Missouri. After graduating from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX with a Bachelors degree in Psychology I moved to Minneapolis. I completed my Masters in Social Work at the University of MN and received my Licensed Independent Clinical Social Work (LICSW) credential in 1996.
My professional experience includes post-graduate training in clinical social work at the Hamm Clinic. I have extensive experience in community mental health and have a particular interest in working with families experiencing chronic mental illness. Other professional experiences include working in the areas of chemical dependency, homelessness, and mental health case management.
I have worked in the St. Paul Schools system for over 20 years (all but one of those have been at Harding). Experience at Harding includes coordination of the Positive Behavior Intervention Systems (PBIS) program at Harding to develop school-wide policies that reinforce the positive behavior we seek from all students at Harding. I was also responsible for the Check and Connect mentoring program that pairs Harding staff mentors with students to promote positive school engagement and decrease school drop-out.
Currently I work with students who receive specialized services at Harding.
I am married and have a son and a daughter who are in college. In my free time I enjoy traveling with friends and family, doing Crossfit, and reading.
Clubs and Organizations
Check and Connect Mentoring Program