Community-Based Child Abuse
Prevention Grant Coordinator
Family Support & Prevention Service
32 years of service
Got any favorite quotes?
Who inspires you?
First, I’m inspired by my daughter, a mother of five who has a heart of gold, the strength of King Kong and endurance of a marathon racer. In relation to my career at OSDH, I’m inspired by Dr. Kaye Sears who valued me as a college student and led me to my first public health position. Lastly, I’m inspired by my fellow public health colleagues and our prevention partners who work collaboratively in an effort to build a brighter future for the children and families across our state.
If someone was interested in a public health career, what advice or encouragement would you give them?
I would encourage them to follow that desire, knowing public health has something for everyone. I have enjoyed my 32 years and have evolved professionally and personally, creating many friendships and working relationships along the way.
What is the most rewarding experience you have had in public health?
The most rewarding part of my public health journey has been the opportunity to be creative while on the front line of meaningful work with people who are mission-driven and care a whole lot about kids.
What is the most difficult part of your job?
The most difficult part of my job is knowing 15,951 children were abused or neglected in SFY 2018, according to DHS, and wishing I had more answers and/or knew more what we could do so every child would be safe, protected and thrive.