"You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." -Jane Goodall
I grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan with an amazing family. I was lucky to have parents that loved to take my sister and me on adventures and I spent the summers sailing and camping. My sister remains my best friend to this day and my family means the world to me. I feel incredibly lucky to have discovered a passion that I was able to turn into a career. It’s an amazing feeling to be so invested in another person’s success, and to see the impact this has on others. The kids we work with are incredibly talented and I leave work every single day amazed by something they did. I’m surrounded by a great team of professionals and families that make me feel supported and valued. I believe that happiness lies in having passion in everything you do and putting others before yourself.
Michigan State University, Bachelors in Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis
I began working with kids during my first year of college and quickly developed a passion for helping kids with special needs. I worked extensively with 1 kiddo in particular who stole my heart and taught me so much about compassion and understanding. This experience inspired me to look into which programs I could pursue that would allow me to work with this population. I began working at the MSU Autism lab under Brooke Ingersoll, who served as an incredible mentor for me and helped guide me to the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. After graduating from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2011, I accepted a position at KGH Consultation and Treatment, where I had completed my internship throughout grad school. After working in Chicago for a few more years, I decided to return to Michigan in 2014 and began working for DE Behavioral Health at that time.