I graduated from Rockford High School in 1997, Taylor University in 2001 with a B.A. in Social Work, and the IU School of Social Work with my Master's degree in 2005. After living in Indiana for college and grad school, my husband and I moved back to Michigan and settled in the city of Cedar Springs in 2007. I have been married to my husband for over 18 years and have three fun-loving, active boys.
I have worked as a youth director, ministry leaders, substance abuse and theft intervention therapist, mentor, and advocate. Over the past 20 years, in paid and unpaid positions, I have been privileged to walk alongside hundreds of adolescents and teens through times of celebration and thrills to times of utter sorrow and despair, and everything in-between. I was founding member of two nonprofit organizations and served on a handful of nonprofit boards and committees. I also have served as an adjunct professor at two universities. Currently, I am on staff in Student Ministries at Blythefield Hills Baptist Church in Rockford, MI and teacher as an online instructor for Taylor University.
I wanted to join the School Board because I want to do my part ensuring that Cedar Springs Public Schools are a positive transformative force in the lives of young people. Working with youth has always been my passion and joy. I care deeply about seeing students have every opportunity possible to use their gifts and abilities to flourish and reach their fullest potential. Because of this passion, and now that my own children are in school, I was eager and excited about the opportunity to be involved with the Board of Education. I truly love this community and have a burden to see it thrive.
My hobbies include camping, hiking, swimming, boating, biking, running - I've grown up loving most outdoor activities, especially with my family and on youth trips. I also find great contentment in playing cards or a good board game. However, my favorite pastime is watching my boys play sports and participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities.
I am very excited to be part of the Cedar Springs Public Schools School Board.