Growing up in Coastal Maine, I always had a fascination with the “haves and have nots.” My hometown had trailer parks, ocean front mansions and a hard working middle class. Issues of poverty, privilege, culture and kindness have been at the core of my personal and professional career and exploration for over 25 years. Over time, it’s become clear that my task as an opportunity builder is to construct bridges, initiatives and networks that connect high need and high resource stakeholders. Here is some of my educational and professional background:

  • Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University, French & Sociology Major
    • Fluent in French, emerging conversational Spanish speaker
  • Masters in Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work
  • Thesis “Family Ties, The Influence of Extended Families in Biracial Identity Development.”
  • Case Management Coordinator at The Greentree Shelter, National Center for Children & Families, Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford Hospital, Pediatric, Psychiatry, Trauma, Diversity Task Force, Palo Alto California
  • Georgetown University Hospital, Pediatric ICU, ER, Washington DC
  • Co-Founder, Senior Advisor Visible Men Academy (VMA). VMA is an all boys charter school for low income boys in Bradenton Florida
  • Co-founder of Visible Men, a national movement that celebrates the untold story of black male success, and is now the focus of a documentary film and campaign created by the Nantucket Project
  • Co-author with artist Karen Arango of Visible Narratives Book Visible Narratives shines the light on the intrinsic strength, courage and beauty of low income families through a photographic journey

I’m currently incubating another Visibility Project that I’ll share with you soon!

 

My board work has included:

  • Community Outreach Committee, Asolo Repertory Theater in Sarasota, FL
  • Board member of the Smith Alumni Club of Sarasota
  • Georgetown University Hospital Parent Advisory Board, Ethics Committee Washington DC
  • Cedar Lane Nursery School, Bethesda, MD

I love living in sunny Sarasota, Florida with my husband Neil, two teenage sons and growing tribe of pets. I’m a nature lover, food enthusiast, ride or die Saturday Night Live fan, and grateful, optimistic woman!

 

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