My body of work spans the areas of Community Building, Event Planning & Management, Non-profit & Human Service Administration, Creativity, Leadership, and a self directed education in this being human. I have a BA degree in Education and I am a self directed scholar.
My professional and volunteer life is comprised of administrative leadership and direct service in non-profits that provide programs for a variety of marginalized populations, including teen mothers, at risk youth, the poor, the houseless, children with special needs, elders, and the LGBTIQ community. I committed my life to this work for 20 years because I am a social justice warrior that has always sought liberation, justice, and inclusion for all.
1000s of hours of study (books, classes, & hands on) in Education, Community Building, Psychology of Community, Communication, Love & Relationship, Inclusion, Belonging, Leadership, Sociology, Mythology, Archetypes, Human Psychology, Emotion, Empathy, Grief, Trauma, Resilience, Post Traumatic Growth, Sexuality (including Consent, BDSM & Polyamory), Self Development, Women’s Studies, Spirituality, Religious Studies, Mysticism, The Sacred Arts, Magic, Divination, Intuition, Modes of Healing, Consciousness, Brain Science, Sacred Economics, Gift Economy, Writing, and more.
My lineage includes the teachers Martin Luther King, Jr. (Beloved Community), Peter Block (community), Scott Peck (self awareness & psychology of community), bell hooks (critical consciousness, love, oppression, education, and community), Christina Baldwin (circles), Parker Palmer (belonging & circles of trust), Caroline Myss (archetypes), John Welwood (psychology & relationship as spiritual practice), Andrew Solomon (identity and inclusion), Charles Eisenstein (sacred economics), Eve Ensler (women’s issues), Thomas Moore (the soul), Lewis Hyde (gift economy), Carl Jung (psychology & archetypes), Frances Weller (grief), and more.
Current education includes the Alive Program for harm reduction and nurturing intimacy in relationships and the 4 Skills Workshop with Dr. Jenn McCabe.
Leadership & Community Building
We Are The Culture Makers – Community Steward for a Facebook group created by feminist entrepreneur Kelly Diels.
The Impropriety Society – Producer & Hostess for an all volunteer organization producing sex positive events and educational opportunities. Leader of the Vibes crew, whose job it was to welcome and include. (5 years)
Humboldt Pride – Co-Chair, Board of Directors for local organization producing the annual Pride event and other activities, including production of The Laramie Project. (2 years)
Trumpet Behavioral Health – Support Services Manager (Operations & HR Management) for Behavioral Health Clinic for Children with Special Needs. As the nexus of the department’s operations, it was my responsibility to manage growth and change as effectively as possible for our 130 families and 100 clinical staff in two locations. (4.5 years)
EWOC: Education, Work, Opportunity, Community – Director & Instructor for Welfare-to-Work Job Training Center. Created a soft-skills curriculum to support my students in managing the shift from poverty consciousness to being productive members of the community. (1.5 years)
SHARP House – Co-Founder and Director of Children’s Services for a home for teen mothers and their children. (1.5 years)
Non-profit & Human Services – HR, Operations, Finance, & Technology
Oregon Law Center – Finance and HR Specialist for an organization that provides legal aid to low income community member across the state of Oregon.
Camp Fire USA & Discovery Museum – Administrative Director/Executive Assistant to the Board of Directors/Full Charge Bookkeeper – Youth organization providing a variety of education and recreational programs. I managed the administrative and fiscal aspects of the merge of the two organizations. (3 years)
Changing Tides Family Services – Respite Services Specialist – Serving families with children who have special needs. (1 year)
Area Agency on Aging – Executive Assistant to all Directors, Board of Directors, Advisory Council – Serving elders through a variety of services. (2 years)
Open Door Community Health Centers – HR Generalist, Executive Assistant to Directors and Board – Primary health and dental care provider for people who live in poverty in Humboldt County, CA. (2 years)
Macdonald Center – Office Manager and Bookkeeper – Organization that serves the downtown population of single resident occupancy buildings by providing community, spiritual, and social services. (1.25 years)
The Yoni Endeavor: Sculpture, Digital Art & Blog – Over 100 sculptures crafted and sold, digital images used for a variety of purposes including productions of the Vagina Monologues in London and an education pamphlet for sex workers in Brazil. (5 years)
The Conspiracy of Blessings: Multi-media Art, Interactive Gift Economy Experiment, Blog – a project through which I love bomb my city and gift “art blessings” to people who have requested them for themselves or others in times of transition. (intermittent since 2006)
The Impropriety Society: Art Director – designed marketing materials and created original art for events. (5 years)
Published: Poetry, Essays, Local Newpaper Column on Parenting, Lyrics for Choral Arrangement
Graphic & Web Design: I created everything from annual reports to event programs to newsletters for all of the organizations I worked and volunteered for.
Bachelors of Art in Secondary Education, English and Theater At Humboldt State University
Equivalent to minors in Religious Studies and Theater Production
1 year Props Mistress
Tutor and Creative Writing Teacher for At Risk Youth
Volunteer and magazine contributor for the HSU Women’s Center
Extracurricular focus on Sculpture