I am most passionate about restoring hope to the downtrodden and ensuring every single person understands their inherent value. I have a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2008) and my Doctorate of Social Work through the University of Southern California. I have served in the role of Executive Director for St. John’s since June 2012 and have witnessed it grow from a seasonal, overnight shelter to the robust organization, with multiple locations and programs, that it is today. Prior to coming on at St. John’s, I worked in various capacities serving the homeless, those with addictions, individuals receiving government assistance, and women engaged with the criminal justice system as victims of human sex trafficking.
I am the “big picture” gal – I work to set the vision for the organization and ensure that staff and volunteers have the resources and support needed to carry out their roles with passion. From leadership to fundraising and awareness, I work to guarantee we have the means to love on our homeless brothers and sisters while addressing the systemic issues creating poverty and homelessness in the first place. My work matters because our people matter…no role is more important but, together, we instill dignity into the lives of others. Together, we are St. John’s.
When I’m not at work, you will see me hanging out with my kids, who range in age from 3 to 11 years old, and enjoying the outdoors.