In 2004, after working with an amazing social worker, I knew that I was called to work in the field of Social Work. I felt as if I needed to pay it forward just as my own social worker was doing in the world of adoption. Several years later, after sitting through my first couple social work classes, I knew that this was the right path for me.

Social Work Interests:

Since graduating from Cleveland State University, I have had the opportunity to present several workshops at the Birthmom Buds Birthmom Retreat which is held annually in Charlotte, North Carolina. Workshop topics: identifying personal support, self-care, and how the road of open adoption looks after placement.

Aging Adults / Geriatrics: 
I do feel that this is a population that is very much in need of support. I find the older adult population fascinating, and I do believe that the younger generation can learn from their elders if they are willing to sit and listen to the many stories that each individual has.


  • Southeastern Council on Alcohol & Drug Dependency (SCADD), June 2017 – Present
  • New London Outpatient
  • Title: Counselor
  • Duties:
    • Perform Substance Use Evaluations
    • Group Leader: Men’s Early Treatment (2x/week)
    • Mental Health Assessments
    • 1:1 Counseling Sessions


Masters of Social Work (MSW)

  • University of Connecticut: School of Social Work, 2017
  • Concentration: Group Work
  • Field Education (Internship):
    Foundation Year (Sep ’15- Apr ’16): Department of Children & Families – Willimantic, CT
    Advanced Year (Sep ’16 – Apr ’17): Natchaug: Older Adult Program at Windham Hospital – Willimantic, CT

Bachelors of Social Work (BSW)

  • School of Social Work, Cleveland State University, 2013
  • Major: Social Work
  • Minor: Psychology
  • Field Education (Internship): Adoption Network Cleveland – Cleveland, OH

 Educational Honors:

  • Cleveland State University: Magna Cum Laude,
  • Cleveland State Chapter: Phi  Alpha – Social Work Honors Society
  • Cleveland State: Golden Key Honor

Educational Service:

  • 2015 – UConn Building Bridges Program – Peer Partner (1st year, incoming student participant)
  • 2016 – UConn Building Bridges Program – Ambassador (Mentor)
  • 2016 – UConn Graduate Student Organization (GSO) – Education Policy Committee: Micro Social Work Graduate Representative