Master of Social Work

Simmons College - School of Social Work

     -- Harvard Medical School class: Health Management for Older Adults

Cum laude, 3.82 GPA

Active Massachusetts License

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Bridgewater State University

Cum laude, 3.59 GPA




Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Adult Family Care Program - LifePath, Inc.

Managed diverse, medically-based caseload for private, non-profit Area Agency on Aging and Aging Services Access Point. Collaborated with 4 multi-disciplinary teams, 25+ caregivers, 25+ clients, ages 26 to 100, 6 DDS service coordinators, Hospice and 30+ healthcare professionals. Organized intakes, completed 25+ home safety evaluations and 60+ psychosocial assessments.  Created interdisciplinary treatment plans, made referrals, attended ISP meetings, provided ongoing support and advocacy. Educated clients and caregivers about advanced directives, fire safety, self-care and communication. Partnered with service agencies, skilled nursing facilities, lenders and building contractors. Resolved MassHealth issues.

Social Work Intern

LifePath, Inc.

The Carson Center for Human Services  


Provided case management for 15 elder clients. Partnered with 20+ case managers, 5 elder protective services staff, 15+ healthcare practitioners, 5 housing authorities and 3 law enforcement officials to resolve homelessness, promote quality of life, safety and independence within the community. Co-facilitated dementia caregiver support group. Resolved MassHealth, SNAP and Social Security issues. Attended team meetings, made case presentation, documented notes. Researched assistive devices, secured funding, educated clients and families.


Facilitated strength-based individual and group therapy for adults with co-occurring mental illness and intellectual/developmental disabilities. Co-led 4 therapeutic groups focused on life skills, vocational skills, relationships and communication. Consulted DDS service coordinators, group home and sheltered workshop staff. Empowered client self-advocacy through productive communication and interactions with peers, encouraged independence within the community.  Developed goals and objectives with clients, researched evidence based practice, implemented therapeutic interventions, evaluated progress and recorded notes.

Retail Manager

Himalayan Views     


Increased gross revenue by 75% in one year. Hired, trained and supervised 9 employees in cross-cultural setting. Led wellness groups and educated customers about Tibetan culture, meditation and wellness. Designed ads, fliers and website. Wrote newsletters and marketing material.  Coordinated international orders with upwards of 2,000+ items. Known for exemplary customer service.

2015 - 2017

Turners Falls, MA

laid off due to    state budget cuts

2013 - 2015

Turners Falls, MA

Springfield, MA

2007 - 2013

Deerfield, MA

Director of Operations         

Yellow Barn Chamber Music School and Festival 

As first director of operations, responsible for day-to-day management and oversight of professional music school in residence at Amherst College. Worked closely with artistic director to organize, coordinate and implement entire Yellow Barn arrival/departure. Developed operational procedures, resolved crises, ensured student safety. Prioritized and met complex needs of 2 artistic directors, 40 students, and 25 faculty. Scheduled and supervised staff, coordinated across 6 campus departments. 

Summer 2007

Amherst, MA

Visual Merchandiser

Wilson’s Department Store, Freelance Contractor

Create and install 750+ window displays, coordinate storewide holiday décor across three floors. Train and supervise 7 staff, organize hundreds of props.. Provide effective supervision skills to promote staff growth. Budget time and multi-task under pressure to meet deadlines. 

Mental Health Author, Educator and Advocate 


​Wrote and edited 342-page book. Present 60+ mental health and suicide prevention workshops, staff trainings and keynotes. Motivate and empower audiences, teach self-advocacy, promote client-centered care, reduce stigma. Educate families, medical and mental health practitioners, university staff and hospital administrators. Venues have included McLean Hospital, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Boston University, Wake Forest Medical School, residential facilities, behavioral health units, national conferences, high schools and community forums.

2009 - Present

Greenfield, MA

​2002 - Present





Interdisciplinary Healthcare Management for Older Adults

Harvard Medical School


Hospice Volunteer Training 

Franklin County Hospice


In-depth Anti-racism and Paraministry Training 

Unitarian Universalist Association



-- Blauner, S. R. (2002). How I Stayed Alive When My Brain Was Trying to Kill Me: One Person’s Guide to Suicide Prevention. New York, NY: William & Morrow Publishers.

Priscilla Mullen Riley Award, Simmons College, 2015

The Valley Advocate Best of Fair Trade Retail Award, 3rd place, 2012

The Recorder Spirit Award, 2006

Newspapers of New England Awards, 2nd place self-promotion,

        3rd place group promotion, 2006

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Survivor of the Year Award

        for Distinguished Creativity in Suicide Prevention, 2002

National Council on Aging, The Alzheimer's Association, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, National Alliance on Mental Illness, National Association of Social Workers.

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