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.
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!