I have over 15 years of experience in youth development & education.
I like to joke that I've been working with kids since I was a kid.
When I was 13 years old I landed my first job - as a counselor at the overnight camp I'd gone to growing up. That summer was transformational (as summers at camp so often are), and served as a springboard for a decade and a half of work in youth development and education. Over the years I have held positions at every level of summer camp leadership - all the way from cabin counselor up to camp director - as well as worked in before & after school programs, environmental education, daycare centers, and as a nanny.
What does all of that mean for you?
I know how to talk to parents. I know how to talk to the folks in charge of camps, schools, and other youth programs. And I know how passionate you are about the work you do, and just how important it really is.
Changing the world one child at a time is your mission. Getting your message to the people who need you is mine.
I've had a love affair with the written word for as long as I can remember. Growing up I was that kid who always got in trouble for staying up late reading a book under the blankets with a flashlight. I was that kid who got journals from friends and family every birthday and every Christmas. I was that kid people came to when they needed help with a paper. I loved being that kid.
This life-long love of language led me to pursue my B.A. in English with a Creative Writing concentration from Hollins University. While I didn't work directly in my field after graduation, I found myself as the go-to girl for writing projects everywhere I went. When I worked in staffing and recruiting, my colleagues came to me to re-write candidate's resumes and to craft ads that would get qualified job-seekers in the door. During my time in the non-profit sector my executive director came to me for press releases, newsletters, email marketing campaigns, and social media posts. Even though writing was never my job, it always became my job.
I'm a Virginia-native currently living on the coast of Maine with my husband, our cat, and our 3-legged Chihuahua, Speedy. When I'm not writing you can find me performing onstage with Studio Theatre of Bath, exploring everything Maine's beautiful coastline has to offer, or at a coffee shop with my nose in a book.