Assistant Director of Advocacy & Sexual Assault Support Advocate
I was born and raised in Utah, and I’m proud alumni of the University of Utah! I studied social work with an emphasis on public service and international work and earned my MSW in 2012. Throughout my career, I have worked with youth and families, people with refugee status/backgrounds, older adults, couples, and college students as a program coordinator, a therapist, a mentor, a crisis counselor, and a teacher. In my free time, I love gardening, playing with my dogs and chickens, going to the desert, listening to music, listening to podcasts (SSDGM!) volunteering with the East African Refugee Goat Project, eating, and relaxing.
Sexual Assault Support Advocate
I spent eight years with the West Valley City Prosecutor’s office as their Court Advocate. During this time I became very passionate about crimes directly affecting women, in particular sexual assault. I wanted to become more involved with these cases so I joined the Mobile Response Crisis Team for the Salt Lake City Police Department and was with them for four years. After that I spent three years as the statewide certification and training coordinator for the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault. I started working part-time as the Sexual Assault Support Advocate for the U, one year later I was hired on full-time.
In my free time I love doing DIY projects, spending time with my dogs, and going on as many road trips as I possibly can.
B.S., Political Science
Sexual Assault Support Advocate
I moved to Cedar City, Utah from Oakland metropolitan area, CA in 2009. There, I attended Southern Utah University where I graduated with a degree in Political Science and International Relations. Following graduation, I worked at a treatment center for young women with trauma history, then as a victim advocate/youth case manager at an emergency domestic violence & sexual assault survivor shelter. I am currently an MSW candidate at the University of Utah. I hope to use my advocacy experience and passion regarding gender-based violence prevention to make the University of Utah a safe, survivor-friendly environment for all. In my free time, I like to spend time out on the town, getting to know the people and places in Salt Lake City.
M.S., Health Promotion & Education
After graduating from Virginia Tech, I moved to SLC and spent 5 years as a research scientist in the nutritional industry. My experience in that field taught me that nutrition is just one facet of wellness, the rest of which cannot be ignored. To learn more about wellness, I decided to continue my education and change career paths. In 2016, I received a master’s degree in Health Promotion and Education from the U. Going to school while working full-time taught me that balance is the key to maintaining a healthy (and sane) lifestyle! This is my hope for students at the U: that they may excel academically while successfully balancing all of life’s pleasures and demands. In my spare time I enjoy baking (and eating) sourdough, live music, and just about any activity in the mountains.
B.S., Community Health
I spent the majority of my life in the Pacific Northwest and recently returned to my Utah roots after graduating from Western Washington University (WWU) where I received my B.S. in Community Health. During my time in Washington I worked as a Health Educator with Planned Parenthood and WWU Prevention and Wellness Services. As a recent graduate I understand the challenges in maintaining a healthy lifestyle while in school, and I am dedicated to helping students discover how they connect with wellness – and how we can all achieve and enjoy our highest quality of life! In my free time I enjoy evening walks, cooking monster-burritos with my roomie, and enjoying the food, culture, and outdoor wonders of SLC.