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 Worker 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 almost 18 years (17 of those have been at Harding). Currently I coordinate the Positive Behavior Intervention Systems (PBIS) program at Harding which involves collaborating with administrators and teachers to develop school-wide policies that reinforce the positive behavior we seek from all students at Harding. I also am 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.
I am married and have two teenagers. In my free time I enjoy hiking, reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Check and Connect Mentoring Program