Discipline: Community and Family Trainee
I am a graduate of the University of Maine at Augusta where I obtained a BS in Mental Health & Human Services. This degree in conjunction with my Early Childhood and Special Education courses have supported my professional growth in multiple ways. I have spent a cumulative of over 10 years in Head Start as a Preschool Teacher, Home Visitor, Mental Health & Disabilities Manager, to my current position as the Family Services and Home-Based Manager. I have also worked for Child Development Services, and as a Behavioral Health Professional and Children’s Case Manager. I also have my Maine 282 teaching certification. My passion for advocating and serving children began early on. I am the proud mother of four adult children who taught me about myself, being a parent, and the world of special education. Through my kids and the support of the Maine Parent Federation, I found my voice and vowed to never allow another parent to navigate the feelings of self-doubt and intimidation as I did. I also volunteer for a youth teen group called YoungLife serving the MidCoast area. I firmly believe if you empower a parent, it will trickle down to the child like a waterfall. The result is a representation of how a community and leadership can come together on behalf of our youth. The same way multiple waterways feed a river. I am honored to join the NH-ME LEND program. I can’t wait to participate in the experiences that lie ahead!