I‘m honored to be a part of the TRIO SSS program on the Youngstown Campus. I hail from Warren, but recently relocated from Orlando, Florida where I spent time as an academic advisor. I graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s degree in French. When I’m not cheering on my Bobcats or getting to know my students, you can find me playing peek-a-boo with my son or researching my next travel destination. I am a passionate advocate for underrepresented student populations, which is why I love working with TRIO SSS students. I’m looking forward to hearing about all of your successes and struggles that we can navigate together.
I used to sit right where you sit. I began my educational journey at EGCC (JCC) myself. EGCC and its instructors gave me a great foundation and encouraged me to further my education. After EGCC I transferred to Ohio University Eastern and earned my Bachelor’s Degree. I then went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling, and put that degree to work today as the TRIO SSS licensed counselor. My job gives me the privilege to sit with students when they are anxious, stressed out, experiencing relationship problems or even just in need of motivation. I love what I do in helping students navigate life and ultimately transfer or earn a degree.
A long time ago I was a first generation student at West Liberty University (it was still WLSC back then) and I wish they had a TRIO SSS program then to help me find my way through college. I used to tell my friends that when I grew up I was going to teach a class in creative BS, and now some days that‘s just what I do when I make the students in Steubenville improve their vocabularies to come up with words to replace "hate", because it’s a 4-letter word in my office. I get to help students learn what they want to do, help them figure out how to do it, and be there when they walk across the stage at commencement. In my free time, I go walking with my dog Rooney, listen to all kinds of music, read a ton of books, and I am hooked on shows like This is Us, Grey’s Anatomy, and Law & Order: SVU.
Over 25 years ago, I was a non-traditional student with a full time job raising two small children. I remember too well the challenges of working (at times two jobs) while also commuting to Kent State University to earn my degree. I know first-hand the dedication and energy needed to drag yourself from one place to another. I love working for TRIO SSS in helping students balance the responsibilities of work, family and school. In my free time, I like to read, watch Netflix documentaries and spend quality time with my amazing granddaughter.