Throughout my life, my career has been fulfilling, but I am most proud of being a mom to two wonderful daughters and a wife for over 13 years.
I have a desire to help those who are in need, so I pursued a degree in Nonprofit Management and have taken multiple classes in Chemical Dependency Counseling. While taking classes at Columbia Basin College, I was a Paraeducator for Kennewick School district. This allowed me to see first hand the successes and struggles involved with educating our young people. Due to this experience, I have sought to build community support for our schools that do not increase cost to the tax payers. I currently serve on the Board of Communities in Schools.
9 years ago, I started as a volunteer at the Tri-City Union Gospel Mission (TCUGM). I was offered a position to work there as a Case Manager after 1 year volunteering there. I then was promoted to Director of Women and Children's Service and I am now serving as Director of Ministries. As a young person, I was homeless and know that accountability and stability is key to navigating out of the cycle of poverty.
I have written a book, "On A Mission," where I speak about multiple clients who helped teach me better ways to help my community. As an example, one client helped show me the need for medical intervention in communities experiencing poverty, and thus the TCUGM Health and Wellness Ministry was created. This ministry has been in operation for over 6 years, and with this program, the TCUGM has developed partnerships with Washington State University Tri-Cities and Columbia Basin College to have created multiple internships for students majoring in Nursing, Dental and Psychology.
A very special thanks to Caitlyn Ackerman for providing the beautiful photography.