I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona where I still reside today. For the majority of my life I have been searching for meaningful and purpose-driven experiences. I spent a portion of my life struggling with addiction challenges, which didn’t lend its self to help in my quest for clarity. In many ways the struggles that I have encountered throughout my life have guided my journey into the work that I do. I have worked for RI International since 2007; previous positions with the company have included Certified Peer Support Specialist, and Team Leader, for RI International’s housing program.
I have been providing training and consulting since 2013, when I took a position with RI Consulting (formerly Recover Opportunity Center) as Marketing Manager, and then Recovery Education Specialist. Since then, I have become a content expert of RI International’s various curricula. I received my Associates in Chemical Dependency, and I am proud to say that I have found what I have been searching for most of my life: a job that is fulfilling, meaningful, with the ability to help others.
I am currently a Master Facilitator of RI International’s Certified Peer Support Specialist Training, Advanced Peer Support Training, Healthy Living Through Self-Management (formerly Facing Up to Health), and Successful Living in a Home of Your Own (formerly Home is Where the Heart Is). I have provided recovery-themed, evidence-based trainings for psychiatric rehabilitation for many different organizations, including the Veterans Administration based in Long Beach, California; and as part of RI Consulting’s national contract with the Veterans Administration, based out of St. Louis, Missouri. I have traveled extensively across the United States to provide recovery trainings, covering several states including: Pennsylvania, Delaware, Massachusetts, California, Missouri, Washington, Minnesota, and Wyoming. As a Master Facilitator and recovery expert, I have also provided conference workshops in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; and State College, Pennsylvania.
I contribute to the monthly RI Consulting newsletter, write curriculum for workbooks and textbooks in RI Consulting’s training library, and participate in the development process for new workshops, trainings, lesson plans, and presentation material.
In 2012 I was awarded the “Person of the Year” award from Arizona Women’s Education and Employment, a non-profit organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. I was asked to share my story of recovery on 3TV News of Arizona. I have been interviewed for articles on the topics of recovery and forensic reentry, appearing in the Arizona Republic and USA Today. I also was featured in an interview feature project for the official website of the Canadian Broadcast Corporation/Société Radio-Canada.
Most recently, I have been invited to be a part of an initiative on Prison Reform through the Valley Interfaith Project guided by Arizona Women’s Education and Employment. I remain dedicated to local and national initiatives concerning recovery, peer support and forensic reentry.