From my earliest years, I have been fascinated by the complexity of families. As a young child, I noticed that some families seemed happy and full of joy while other homes were shrouded in conflict and negativity. By the time I hit my teenage years, I knew that I wanted to help; I knew that I could make a difference for those families who were struggling. So I set my academic goals on learning about children and families, and pursued every opportunity to work as a nanny, preschool teacher, and youth counselor.

A native of upstate New York, I earned my bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Studies at Syracuse University. It wasn’t long before I moved to Colorado and earned a master’s degree in the highly regarded Marriage and Family Therapy program at Colorado State University.

My professional work experience has allowed me to make a difference for many families over the years. In the early 2000s, I worked as a play therapist for a community mental health center in Denver before opening my own therapy practice. After my family set down roots in Conifer in 2007, I volunteered in the early childhood program at Mountain Resource Center (MRC) to start getting to know families in my new community. I was fortunate to later become a family advocate and program manager at MRC, were I made a difference for hundreds of families through advocacy, basic needs assistance, workforce development, and self-sufficiency coaching.

Now, as a wife and mom of two growing and energetic boys, I am delighted to combine my twenty years of experience as a youth and family counselor to focus on helping children and families thrive in our mountain community.

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Outside of working, my family enjoys as much time together outside as we can. My husband and I love taking our boys for a hike, and frequently visit Lost Park for a weekend of fishing. We spend lots of time camping and exploring the beautiful state of Colorado. These active boys give us lots of reasons to stay busy!