I as raised in a very large but poor family primarily by a single mother. The exceptional love from my mother and several family members was a contributing factor in my decision to pursue this line of work. It was my childhood experiences that helped me choose my career path, or perhaps as others have said to me, the path chose me!
- Adams State College: MA in Community Counseling
- Adams State College: BA in Psychology
- I worked in the inductrial sector (oil fields, gasahol, starch plants, gold mining etc) until 1996. In 1996 I was hired as a Case Manager for San Luis Valley Behavioral Health. I remained a Case Manger under various programs until 2003. My desire to be an addiction's counselor prompted me to accept a position with Cross Roads Turning Points where I worked for 2 years. I then accepted a position with SLVBHG as an Intensive Residential Treatment Therapist where I worked for almost 7 years. In between this time I worked as a Migrant Liaison for The Alamosa Migrant Headstart. I also worked with Youth Tracks for 3 months each time in an attempt to acquire my LPC. I began working for Valley Wide in April of 2016 as a Care Coordinatore and now as a Behavioral Health Provider.
Special Achievements / Awards:
- Honors in Psychology at Adams State College for a correlation design research project: Assertive Community Treatment in Urban Areas and Programs to Assist in the Transition from Homelessness.
- Colorado Addiction Counselor (CACII) from 2003 to 2015
Strong interest in severe persistent mental illness and addictions treatment.