(414) 288-4037
Independent practitioner
Lalumiere Language Hall, 108


I was born and raised in Sheboygan, Wisconsin as part of a family five.  I attended both Catholic and public K-12 schools. My passion for social justice began with a book my mother read to me as a small child and this developed through my middle and high school careers. Even as a young person, I instinctually found a myriad of ways to highlight injustices in the systems that surrounded me. 

I opted to study at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) because I desired a larger, urban environment and a public university. My initial intent was to study psychology. However, I found that I perceived the field to be too biologically and individually driven. I was much more interested in the impact of the social environment on human welfare, especially our globalizing economy.

In my sophomore year of college, I serendipitously came across a brochure for the international studies degree. I changed my major, which allowed me to study Chinese, Spanish, economics, political science, and learn about social systems, austerity and globalization. Through this I became more of a global citizen and my concern for social welfare and justice skyrocketed. I graduated with tons of knowledge, but I felt the need to channel it into action.

I was guided into AmeriCorps*VISTA with Wisconsin Campus Compact and served at the service-learning programs of both UWM and Marquette University. I worked alongside faculty to create community-based curriculum to increase campus-community partnerships and academic aspirations of underrepresented youth while also increasing multicultural competency. During that time, I met master’s level social workers who were creating real change for individuals and communities. I found my professional home. I pursued a master’s degree in social work and graduated from the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare in 2008.

I continue to act as an agent of change through my work as a psychotherapist, college instructor and social activist. I am thankful for the opportunity to “be the difference” while serving as an instructor at Marquette University and sincerely hope our coursework inspires MU students to do the same.


Contact the Department of
Social and Cultural Sciences

Lalumiere Language Hall, Room 340
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
Phone: (414) 288-6838 | Fax: (414) 288-6444