Favorite Quote: “When I have an undertaking, one of the things I do is bring everyone who has ever been kind to me with me – Black, white, Asian, Spanish-speaking, Gay, straight – everybody. I say ‘Come with me, I need you now’. So, I don’t feel as if I’ve had no help, you see, because I’ve had rainbows in my clouds. I’ve had a lot of clouds, but I’ve had so many rainbows…and it seems to me the thing to do is to be a rainbow in someone else’s life.”
Prior to CWP, I worked as a Program Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, including locations in West Virginia and Oregon. While with BGCA, I oversaw three college and career readiness programs for teens, a peer court program, two near-peer mentoring programs, a family and community services program, an academic support services program, and managed organizational expansion into four school-based locations. Aside from my work in the nonprofit industry, I have taught high school English (grades 9 – 12) and was an adjunct instructor for West Virginia University’s teacher education program.
Through my role at CWP, I am focused on community outreach, partnership development, and continuous improvement processes. I serve as the liaison to WorkSource Clackamas, the county’s one-stop-shop for training, education, and employment supports, and work closely with core partners to ensure WorkSource services are accessible, effective, and responsive to the needs of customers and the community. I also work to coordinate opportunities for frontline staff and service-providers to network, share resources, and engage in shared professional development and skill-building opportunities.