Life is full of experiences that can either guide us or attempt to destroy us. I think of life as a journey on a ship of experiences. In August of 2004, a tidal wave came crashing over the side of my ship. At five years old, my son was diagnosed with a highly malignant brain tumor. This wave stopped my ship right in its tracks with a screeching halt! I found myself bailing out water for weeks and months. Navigating the land of pediatric brain cancer has been filled with times of fear, pain, sadness, anger, amazement, relief, joy, and thankfulness. My son has continued to amaze me with his ability to take each new day and each new challenge head on with grace, perseverance, and, most importantly, with an amazing sense of humor. Through this journey, I have realized the true meaning of life, which is the rare beauty and value each person brings to their own unique vessel. I believe we are at our absolute best when we learn to effectively tap into our unique beauty and use our strengths to serve and inspire others. My mom, a critical care nurse, has shown me firsthand the importance of leading and serving others with compassion and kindness. Through the role modeling of my mom, my navigation through the land of pediatric brain cancer, as well as my experiences as a clinician and leader, I have learned the value of the patient/family experience in healthcare and the importance of a servant heart.
Being a servant leader the past 24 years within both healthcare and the business arena has helped me view leadership as an act of service. I have truly embraced the idea that effective leadership starts on the inside. Over the past 24 years, I have gained extensive experience in family and marriage therapy, solution focused therapy, training, presenting, and coaching. I graduated with a Master’s degree in Social Work in 2009 and my Ph.D. in Psychology (Organizational Psychology) in 2015. My favorite part of leading teams and coaching is watching individuals and groups accomplish tasks they never thought possible.
When I am not working, I like to ride horses and my Harley; read; and spend time with my family. I am a lifelong learner and passionate about making a difference. I am truly a country girl at heart.