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 a social entrepreneur and opportunity builder is to construct bridges, initiatives and networks that connect high need and high resource stakeholders. This is why our mission at SRP, LLC is deeply rooted in creating diversity and inclusion work and expanding networks and opportunities.
I received my BA from Colgate University with a French and Sociology Concentration. After college I began working in the Boston Medical Community at the Brigham and Women’s hospital, and Beth Israel Hospital. I then went on to earn my Masters in Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work. My Master’s Thesis was entitled, “Family Ties, The Influence of Extended Families in Biracial Identity Development.” My early social work career focused on mental health, trauma, diversity and family centered care initiatives at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, and Georgetown University Hospital.
After the birth of my two sons, I joined forces with my husband Neil to create Visible Men and Visible Men Academy. VMA is an A rated all boys public charter school based in Bradenton, Florida. Racial and Gender Equity work has been a common thread throughout my career. This year, I’ve had the honor and privilege of receiving the “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award from the Manasota Black Chamber of Commerce, 2019.
I love living in sunny Sarasota with my husband Neil, two teenage sons and a growing tribe of pets. I’m a nature lover, food enthusiast, ride or die Saturday Night Live fan, and a grateful, optimistic woman!
My real growing moments have been in the people I’ve met along my professional journey. Inspired by stories of resilience, and captivated by generosity of spirit and their unspoken strengths, the clients I have served have served me in countless ways. As the founder of SRP, LLC, I will make sure our mission is executed with fidelity and excellence. We are a forward thinking business. We work towards strength through unity, opportunity building, and elevating the diverse voices we meet along the way.
My board work has included:
- Executive Board Member, Women’s Resource Center
2019- present, Sarasota, FL.
- Board member of the Smith Alumni Club of Sarasota
- Community Outreach Committee, Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, FL 2015-2017
- Georgetown University Hospital Parent Advisory Board, Ethics Committee Washington, DC 2001-2008
- Cedar Lane Nursery School, Parent Education, Bethesda, MD 2005-2008
2019- present, Sarasota, FL.