Discipline: Community Trainee
I am a 2020 graduate of the University of Maine at Presque Isle where I obtained a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in management. I have worked for Speaking Up For Us (SUFU), Maine’s Self-Advocacy Network since November 2010. During my time working with self-advocates I have learned many skills around communication, leadership, and advocacy among people living with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. I continue to learn from self-advocates daily and help problem solve ways to improve the system and promote equality for all people living with disabilities. Prior to my work for SUFU, I worked as a victim’s advocate, community educator, and with youth in crisis. The experience I gained from these positions has provided different perspectives on diversity, mental health, and family dynamics that I draw upon in my work with SUFU and personal life. I have served as a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Maine since 2011 as a troop leader and as a facilitator providing training to other volunteers. Through my work with Girl Scouts of Maine I have served on several planning committees for large events and helped produce programs for girls across Maine. I have a passion for promoting the Girl Scout Leadership Experience among girls of all ages.