Name the moment that inspired you to take your career path.
I’ve always been interested in what makes us tick, what drives our behavior and what helps us thrive. After undergraduate studies I volunteered in AmeriCorps with adolescents who were struggling with addiction and juvenile justice. As I learned about their lives, I noticed that their struggles didn’t start there, but early in their lives. I started to learn about the importance of the quality of our attachment relationships and the negative impact trauma and stress can have on brain development. This motivated me to focus on supporting early childhood mental health and investing in the relationships between child and caregivers- as all growth, learning and emotional safety starts there.
What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
Traveling around the world for eight months by myself, visiting eight different countries on a Bonderman Fellowship from the University of Washington.
What do you love most about working at Eyas Landing?
Learning from different disciplines, working with parents who love their children and want to help them grow. Also who can complain when playing is part of the job description?
How has the supervision at Eyas Landing supported your professional growth?
Mentorship and supervision is the way we continue to grow with support to provide the best quality services. The leadership at Eyas has a wealth of knowledge and expertise that is beyond my own. I love being able to reach out and learn; that helps me to feel more competent.
Is there anything else you’d like to add about yourself?
I’m honored to be part of a child’s journey, a family’s story and the team at Eyas.