I will be running for District 1! Quick background, Im a dually licensed mental health therapist and behavior analyst. Currently a Doctoral Candidate for my PhD in Special Education/School Counseling. I run and operate a counseling agency and my primary focus is on low income and medcaid based families. Prior to private practice I worked for DSHS Headquarters where I managed a statewide budget for behaviorl health services. Then I developed the autism/intellectual disabilities inpatient unit at Seattle Childrens Hospital. The amount of time, money, and emotions that i see our school district waste is astounding. As a fiscally responsible business owner and mental health clinician, I hope to bring perspectives on influencing the way we spend our money while supporting the well being of our students and families. I cannot continue to sit and watch students recieve sub par IEP/504 plans and contribute to a system that spends hundreds of thousands of dollars on sending our kids to out of state residential schools. Hoping for your votes to help reshape the financial and mental health crisis our district is facing
As a fiscally responsive business operator and mental healht clinician, I am hurt and saddened by the current spending habits of our school districts. Working on the provider end, I have come across many situations where schools would rather waste hundreds of thousands of dollars to sending kids out of state for educational support due to the barriers placed by the district to serve kids with mental/behavioral health concerns. I will fight for equitable, responsible, and sustainable spending to prioritize the needs of families and students in our community, while bringing in a clinical perspective to address the current rise in mental health crisis
2020 recipient from Pierce County Champion for Children
2020-2023 Appointed member of Jay Inslee 'Governors Committee on Disabiltiy Issues and Employment'
Licensed Mental Health Therapist
Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Doctoral Candidate - Ph.D Special/Counseling Education