What brought you to Coalition work: My life goal has always been to be the change that I want to see in the world. Starting in high school, I involved myself in prevention groups, such as the Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute, where I realized my leadership potential and became empowered to make positive changes in myself and my community. Substance abuse prevention has always had a place in my heart due to my close relationship with family and friends struggling with the disease of addiction. After obtaining my Bachelor’s Degree I was fortunate enough to begin my work in the Coalition field as a Coalition Coordinator in Bergen County and am now honored to have the same opportunity here in Hudson County.
Education Information: I was a recipient of the NJ STARS and NJ STARS II Scholarship where I attended Bergen Community College, earning an Associate’s Degree in Social Sciences and William Paterson University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. I then obtained my Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Non-profit and Public Management from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Fun Fact: When not at work, I very much enjoy the outdoors, traveling, live entertainment, animals, and politics- I hope to start my own political career one day.
Favorite Quote: “If you want the rainbow, you have to deal with the rain.” – John Green
Position Title: Coalition Supervisor
What brought you to Coalition Work: When I returned to my hometown, in Iowa, after graduating from College I accepted a position as a prevention specialist. At that time, I facilitated prevention presentations and worked directly with youth. It was there that I was introduced to Coalition work. I began attending meetings, observing how coalitions worked, and going to trainings on coalition development. I learned of different prevention initiatives and environmental strategies that could be implemented to effectively make changes in the community. From small towns to major urban areas, people working together for the same cause can bring about positive change.
Education Information: I graduated from Central College in Pella, Iowa where I earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) degree in Sociology. Later I received a Graduate Certificate in Urban Studies from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois.
Fun Fact: When I’m not working, my time is spent with my husband living our life, investing in our three daughters, having fun, and making family memories.
Favorite Quote: “Love God, Love others. Be a peacemaker not a troublemaker.”
Position Title: Associate Executive Director
What brought you to the Coalition work: I came to this organization after dedicating nearly ten years to supporting families in crisis, advocating on behalf of children who have suffered abuse and/or neglect, and recruiting foster and adoptive families.
Education Information: I graduated from Rutgers University where I earned my Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Non-profit Management.
Fun fact: When not at work, I enjoy the great outdoors, traveling, concerts, listening to public radio and petting my doggie, Suki.
Favorite Quote: “Love the earth and sun and animals. Despise riches. Give alms to everyone that asks. Stand up for the crazy and stupid. Devote your income and labor to others, and your very flesh shall be a great poem.”