After attending Concordia University, I spent a year working for Lutheran Child and Family Services, providing intake assessments for those that were seeking mental health services.
A year later, I began a long career in crisis intervention by supporting victims of abuse and domestic violence in the hospitals, police stations and court houses. I was one of the top advocates in the Chicago area providing medical and legal intervention to victims and their families. Making tough decisions in crisis situations was my calling and I helped build an outreach program for victims in Chicago that is currently flourishing.
In 2001, I had a daughter born very prematurely at 1.4oz. I had to stop working for her first three years and dedicated my time to her care, supportive interventions, medical appointments etc. When Taylor was three, I returned back for a short comeback to the crisis field.
My life had changed so dramatically with my personal experience of having a medically fragile child and I wanted to help families like mine. We moved to Mt. Lebanon, and soon I began a career with the March of Dimes. I was the Associate Director of Program Services with the March of Dimes for the Northwestern/Western region. I traveled to various offices educating March of Dimes staff on our mission, reaching out to medical professionals about our professional programs, and raising money for the organization.
In 2007, along with a representative from each Pittsburgh hospital with a NICU, I started Parent Resource Network. Developed services, ran day-to-day operations, and ran one of the regional conferences. I turned Parent Resource Network from a start-up organization to a national organization providing outreach throughout the country in just two years.
In 2012, as I started my service as your Ward 5 Mt. Lebanon Commissioner, I also transitioned the Parent Resource Network as it merged with others to form a national non-profit organization. I then turned my attention to training and licensing in my current profession as a real estate agent.
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