I have worked in the school-based health care field at the local, state, and national level since 2011. As a clinical social worker and manager of behavioral health services at a local SBHC, I was able to provide direct clinical services and expand behavioral health programming, including the introduction of alternative to suspension programs and a calm room. I also served on the Illinois School-Based Health Alliance Steering Committee for several years. I have a passion for working with adolescents and increasing access to mental health care. I joined the SBHA in 2023 and am currently working on a variety of projects, including both program and consulting work.
I am a graduate of Western Michigan University (Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Arts-Criminal Justice, 2006), University of Michigan (Master of Social Work, 2007), Loyola University Chicago (Master of Jurisprudence in Children’s Law & Policy, 2014), have a certificate in School Discipline Reform also from Loyola University Chicago, and am currently pursuing my PhD in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. I work remotely from my home in the Chicagoland area. When I am not working, you can find me spending time with my partner, dogs, family and friends. I love to travel and am hoping to continue to explore places I have never seen!