As a Licensed Educational Psychologist and School Psychologist with over 13 years working in K-12 education, and over 30 years working with various populations as a case manager, my aim is to provide resources, connection and some useful frameworks to help you make informed choices in first caring for yourself, parenting, and caring for elderly parents in a way that is Life-Affirming, Practical and Empowering.
I was raised in Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in English and Communication. I left university determined to write a great novel or become the next witty Op-Ed writer!
But life takes its turns, doesn’t it? I soon found myself back home working at a couple of different jobs and volunteering at a local Suicide Prevention Center (SPC). After some time on phones, I was asked to take on the position of Case Manager for the SPC. I worked with repeat callers and outside service providers and worked to build on-going support for people in need.
I quickly determined I needed more education!
I attended the University of Southern California and earned a Master’s in Counseling Psychology. While at USC, I turned my efforts to student affairs and worked in the Residential Life department. From there, I worked with young adults with Learning Disabilities helping them to learn job skills and independent living skills. This was at a time when the Americans with Disabilities Act was first passed, so I helped form a regional network of agencies dedicated to helping people with special needs find employment.
Over the course of a few years, I also worked with women and men on parole and families and individuals who were homeless.
Managing transitions, case management, and mental health have become my areas of expertise.
After marriage and having my own two children I turned to education, first as a Special Education teacher, and then as a school psychologist, earning two graduate-level credentials along the way.
After caring for my parents for over 6 years while also working full time and raising two children, I am turning my efforts to supporting others during some of the most challenging endeavors in life: parenting and caring for aging parents. I bring my expertise in managing transitions, case management, mental health, along with knowledge of human development and education to the challenge.
It is my sincere belief that life’s challenges are our greatest opportunities.
We can learn to navigate these challenges!