Community Advocate with Heart for the People
Born and raised in Minnesota, I grew up in a small town with a supportive and loving family. As I started “seeing” disparities in my own community I began to speak up for what was right. This continued after high school and was the motivation for my College direction in Social Work. I received my Bachelor’s in Social Work from UW-Superior and my Master’s in Social Work from UM-Duluth. I have worked in in the social services field for more than 18 years and the capacities include: Juvenile Detention Counselor, Crisis Shelter Advocate, Youth Mental Health Outreach, Housing Case Manager, Child Protection/Youth and Family Services in Wisconsin and Minnesota Counties, Reproductive Health Education, Clinical Services, ARMHS Services in Tribal Communities, and Case Management Services. Through all my work experiences I have confirmed that my long time passion and talent in advocacy will always trump my other skills. In my current position, Heart for the People Lead Advocate, I provide advocacy for families involved with the Child Protection and/or Family Court system. Through advocacy, families are supported and informed on the complex system and court process. The truly unique piece about Heart for the People Program is that our advocacy is flexible to fit the families’ individual needs and ensures their opportunity to succeed is real and attainable.