I am a curious and energetic practitioner whose happiest when busy and engaging with others. I am a mother of two, who enjoys gardening, cooking, and creative arts and travel. I grew up on a rural dairy farm where I learned the value of caring for our elders. I am now the Executive Director of a non profit team of 5 ALCA members and 200 home care staff and still do direct practice.
I was awarded a Rotary scholarship at age 18 and lived in Australia. It opened my eyes and love if travel and learning more about how aging and social services are delivered around the world. I returned home to work in dementia care, suicide crisis hotlines, nursing homes, brain injury rehab, and leading support groups, supervising care managers, and teaching college part time.
I completed my Bachelors at Messiah College in Family Therapy and Gerontology. I then attended Rutgers University for my Masters in Social Work as well as a certification in Gerontology and Certification in Care management. I later completed my certified dementia practitioner training. I am a member of NASW & Springpoint Senior Living Ethics Committee, and conversations of your life committee.