Current City: Indianapolis
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What’s your day job?
I am the Program Development Director and a Family Therapist for Family Works, Inc. We work with families who have been involved with the Indiana State Department of Child Services for abuse or neglect. I go to people’s homes and work with them in reuniting with their families. I have my Masters of Social Work, am a Licensed Social Works, and am a Credentialed Sexually Abusive Youth Clinician. My days are spent between office time and driving to different client’s homes throughout Indianapolis.
What do you do to hold yourself accountable?
I hold myself accountable to doing better today than I did yesterday. I also hold myself accountable to being reliable and someone that does what they say they will do. This is something I am always working at, and I have accepted that I am a work in progress and will be throughout the remainder of my life.
What fuels you to take action?
Passion, excitement, and loyalty to the things and people I value most.
How do you inspire progress in others?
I believe in focusing on people’s strengths, rather than deficits, as a way to help them feel competent and capable. However, I also feel a responsibility to help the women in my life progress, as I expect the same from them for myself. Also, I believe personal relationships can help a great deal in inspiring progress. Friends want friends to succeed. I love meeting new people and learning what makes them tick!
If the sky was truly the limit, what would you do with your life?
Oh my goodness – I think the list would be endless. A lifelong dream is to work with therapy dogs in hospitals, hospice, and schools. I picture myself in wellies on a lush green farm with big trees walking to my state-of-the-art heated barn (red, of course) where I keep rescued pups, in luxury pens, who have been given a chance to help others who might need a little rescuing during a time of need. After getting the pups ready for the day, I would invite youth who need to master a skill to join me in training the pups. We would laugh and connect. Later, I would serve hot chocolate, with a lot marshmallows.
Tell us about a game changing, influential moment in your life:
When I was in college, I was serving as a leader in my Sorority chapter at the University of Idaho. As a sophomore member, I ran for Chapter President against a junior member….and I lost. It was an important lesson for me and allowed me time for self-reflection and growth. I ran again the following year and was elected. However, as I reflect now and have through the years, that loss was one of the better experiences I had in my young life. I learned that life goes on and that I could make a difference without being at the helm of an organization. Since then, I have experienced more significant real and perceived losses. I know that life goes on and I am more than the losses I have experienced. I am also a product of the many lessons I have learned.