Being born in Elizabeth, New Jersey and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida has always given me an outside perspective from the small city lifestyle. I still have to get use to the fact that I’ll always run into someone I know when I go to any store in Highlands County. But that isn’t a bad thing. I’ve used that as an opportunity to foster some great friendships and meet many wonderful people who live here.
I was born in Avon Park, Florida and have lived most of my adult life in Highlands County. During my childhood, I moved around, living in Oregon and Tennessee. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Saint Leo University in Criminal Justice. I have worked in corrections for many years with the county and state. A couple years ago, I decided that I wanted to do something more, something that seemed meaningful and could help others, so I ended up here at HRHN working with the iMAD program.
As a Central-Florida native, I have always had a strong desire to empower people through providing knowledge and opportunities for growth. Part of this comes from having a family who was always embroiled in education. My mother was a teacher and my stepfather was a principal in Polk County throughout my childhood. My father was a college professor and my older sister is dedicated to providing higher education opportunities to the youth of Tennessee through her work with the Tennessee Higher Education Consortium.
Raised among the strawberry fields of Plant City, Florida, I grew up running around barefoot and eating fruit straight from the garden. This has made me LOVE the outdoors. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’m like a flower- “requires 2-3 hours of sunlight per day.” And what better place to get sunlight than The Swamp!? I attended the University of Florida for both my BS and MS in Health Education and Behavior.
While still actively writing and performing, I am excited about instilling the dynamics of acting for stage and film in up and coming talent through performing arts events focused on refining natural and raw talent. In addition to my role at Heartland Rural Health Network as the iMAD Program Director, I also currently work for Universal as a Harry Potter Theming Trainer.