After over 20 years in the social work field, focused first on foster care and adoption, and later on, various grant-funded service-oriented research projects, I was offered the opportunity to shift gears. For the past eight years, I have worked as a program coordinator and mental health therapist at Survivors of Torture Services, Family Health Centers Americana (formerly Survivors of Torture Recovery Center). Through this work, I have found a new passion. Working with refugees and immigrants, learning about their homelands and cultures and witnessing both their suffering and their resilience is an honor and a privilege. In my free time, I enjoy walks, movies, books (fictional for maximum escape), and time with family. I love animals (with dogs being at the top of the list) and the outdoors.
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Furman University, South Carolina, 1985 Master of Social Work and Certificate in Theology, Carver School of Social Work, Kentucky, 1989