Current position and start date:

I accepted the position of Community-Based Program Manager Lead on April 3rd, and started on May 11th.

Tell us about your background (education/last job and position).

I graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University in December 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Justice Administration and two Associate degrees in Social Welfare and Psychology.

In my previous job, I was an ARMHS Treatment Director, managing a team of staff that supported a group of 12-19 client caseload. We provided services to meet the mental health needs of our clients. Before that, I coordinated a 24-hour foster facility and 7 ILS services. 

What inspired you to apply to work at Hope House?

A great and influential leader, Bill Tiedemann, inspired me to work at Hope House.

In what ways do you foresee your role making significant contributions to Hope House?

I foresee expanding the impact of Hope House past the St. Croix Valley by creating a person-centered program which empowers people aging with HIV and those who identify as LGBTQ+. I also envision building an amazing team to support our new programming.

What is interesting about you that you would like others to know? (Do you have animals/children/married/spouses’ name/ hobbies/ educational aspirations/ favorite food)?

I am extremely family oriented. I have a beautiful family with the utmost support. In 2019, I had the privilege of caring for my grandfather to give him the support he needed to live the rest of his days out on his farm, going peacefully. This year, my goal is to take over guardianship of an individual with disabilities and support him on his journey through life.

Another goal I have is to go back to college and obtain my LMFT to further my education.

Finally, I have two cats: Oliver & Toulouse, orange Maine coon tabbies, that are the most lovable cats.