BA Anthropology- Cultural Resource Management University of Montana
MSW Masters in Social Work University of Montana
“When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.” –Audre Lorde
I began to do social work (without even realizing it!) when I was an archaeologist working in Yellowstone National Park after I graduated with a BA. There, I helped navigate the relationships between landowners, the park, the Forest Service, and indigenous peoples who all have a stake in what happens to the land and the cultural resources that we sought to discover and preserve in Montana and Wyoming.
I began to practice social work when I took my first job in Mental Health, as a Residential Counselor at Summit on Team Neon! After years of working in that role, I chose to move to Missoula in order to begin work on my Masters in Social Work degree so that I could return as a therapist.
While living in Missoula, I did direct and clinical services for Outpatient Therapy, Family Therapy, and Home Support Services for Missoula children and families. Over the years, I also worked as a community organizer in some state and local elections, and as a social worker through the University in order to help rural Montanans gain access to basic and preventative health care testing and screening.
Whew! After all of that, now here I am… back at Summit, and working as the Clinical Therapist for the Gold Team!
I love to cook… which is great because I love to eat. When I am not doing those things, I like to get my hands dirty in the garden or doing lawn care or even taking care of houseplants. Being a transplant here in Montana, it may go without saying that I love to hike, backpack, get on the river, and ski.
I have a profound respect for students and their families that are going through the Summit experience. It’s not always easy. That being said, the relationships formed between staff with the students and their families are ones that I care deeply about. This work is difficult for all involved at one time or another- it’s those struggles that make the breakthroughs and rewards of the hard work so gratifying!