Being outdoors, hiking, the beach, climbing, dancing, music.
First Year at West Valley
Most Memorable Campus Experience
Favorite Place on Campus
In front of Campus Center under a tree.
I received my Bachelor's degree in Psychology from The University of Puget Sound in Washington state. From there, I moved to New York to work at a wilderness program for at-risk youth. I spent 7 years there working with and training staff and students to learn outdoor and group facilitation skills. While in NY, I started taking classes to prepare for nursing school. I left New York in the spring of 2006, and spent that spring in the Amazon jungle of Ecuador studying and working with plant and animal species that lived there. I then returned to California to continue working on my pre-requisite courses for nursing school. In 2007, I applied for and was accepted to CSU Fresno's School of Nursing, but wasn't sure it was the right fit, so I stayed in the field I already loved- counseling. I attended graduate school at SFSU for my Masters of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy Counseling and Rehabilitation, and worked as a behavioral coach and therapist at a community organization in San Jose. Once I graduated with my Masters in 2011, I became a full time therapist and trainer for 4 years, and then went into private practice providing therapy to teens. A year later, I was offered the opportunity I had wanted for many years, which was to become a part-time counselor for students with disabilities at West Valley. I spent a year working at both the private practice and West Valley until the full-time position in DESP became available. I applied and here I am today in my dream job.
4 years at West Valley
Teach Coun 005
Academic Appeals Committee
AB 705 Taskforce
New Faculty Mentor
Anti-Racist and Inclusion Plan Workgroup
Guided Pathways Taskforce
University of Puget Sound
M.S. Marriage, Family and Child Counseling & Rehabilitation
San Francisco State University