Favorite Quote or Poem:
“Ring the bells that still can ring,
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything,
That’s how the light gets in.”
– Leonard Cohen
My career has spanned a few lifetimes in some ways. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a philosophy degree, I found there were limited opportunities available in the philosophy industry and decided to move into social services. In the early years of my career, I worked supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, first doing direct support and, later, providing case management as a Personal Agent in Oregon’s developmental disability brokerage system. This work, especially its focus on using person-directed planning to help participants identify their goals and plans to achieve them, led me next to peer support services with people experiencing mental health challenges. This gave me the opportunity to use my experience, both personal and professional, to support others in their recovery journeys. After providing direct services, I moved to Mental Health and Addictions Association of Oregon providing technical assistance to developing peer-to-peer groups and non-profits as well as training peer supporters on how best to access workforce development services in the community, eventually serving as the organization’s Executive Director.
Throughout all these career experiences, one through-line was my excitement about and commitment to, creating pathways for everyone to have equitable access to training, education and employment. This passion brought me into the Workforce Development system. I love being a part of a team making concrete change for Clackamas County’s unemployed/underemployed citizens. Our youth services programs provide pathways for underserved youth in our community to overcome barriers and find the education, training and/or employment they want and need.
I work as the Youth Program Manager at CWP. I manage our youth contracts including our primary contract with C-TEC, a program at the Clackamas Education Service District that provides individualized assistance that helps youth 16-24 set career goals and have the support they need to meet them. Our youth services also include a Youth Employment Program supporting youth using Department of Human Services’ Self-sufficiency Programs to participate in paid work experiences in our community, and a project supporting Oregon City High School students to participate in career related learning experiences.
The lingo and acronyms! It would be beneficial for everyone to be using the same language when we’re saying the same things!
I believe “you can change the world just by being a warm, kindhearted human being.” (Anita Krizzan). I believe workforce development done well will provide all people with access meaningful, living-wage work. I value gratitude, grit, determination, earnestness, humor, optimism and love.
Being a mom!
a full-time mom! (see prior question!)
I’m the one who starts the campfire.