My passion for advocating for people with developmental disabilities began in college, where I volunteered at a summer school program for kids with learning differences. I instantly connected to the children and sensed their strong need to be listened to and treated “just like the other kids.” This experience bloomed into a heartfelt desire to give a voice to those who needed one, which led me to dedicate my career to supporting and advocating for people with disabilities.
I've spent my entire professional career sharing and broadening my passion through various roles, including special education teacher, staff development trainer, quality oversight manager, inclusion initiatives director, social skills group leader and overall advocate for kids and adults with disabilities within my community. Over the last many years, I have also successfully advocated for my two children, both of whom have a variety of learning disabilities, through elementary, middle and high school. My goal now is to help support other parents trying to navigate the confusing world of special education services. I understand all too well just how difficult and frustrating the process can be, and I want to help alleviate some of the associated feelings of uncertainty and stress that parents may experience so that they have more energy to focus on the wonderful aspects of parenthood.
In my free time, I enjoy relaxing with my family and friends in the great outdoors. I’m a self-proclaimed “beach bum,” and I also find great enjoyment in building snowmen in the winter and campfires in the summer. Hiking and camping are some of my favorite ways to spend weekends throughout the year.