I was born into a blessed life with family values of giving to those who are struggling and need help. I realized early on that I was fortunate to have been dealt a full house in life and that I should not hold judgment against those who did not have my same advantages. My passion and commitment to help those in need led to a career in social work at Preble Street for 18 years and now with Health Affiliates Maine in the mental health case management program as a supervisor and clinician. I have admired the person-centered work of Amistad for many years and was thrilled to be invited to the board. I am excited to be a part of Amistad’s growth in critical programming to meet the great needs of our marginalized and disenfranchised community members as it aligns closely with my personal values and vision. To keep on keeping on in these troubling times I draw inspiration from witnessing acts of kindness and people overcoming adversity. In my downtime I enjoy creating and finding new recipes to cook for family and friends, gardening, relaxing in the pond, and hanging out with my 3 granddaughters, Great Dane Gussie, and Black Lab Darby.