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I am the newest member of the MDOC Wellness Unit. I previously worked for Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) in Children’s Protective Services for the past 18 years, with the last 10 years spent in supervision. Additionally, I’ve worked part-time as a clinical social worker in a psychiatric hospital for the past 11 years and continue to do so. My time spent in both places has taught me not only the importance of mental well-being, but also the importance of having a strong support system in place. Life is not easy. It’s those who walk beside us who can see us through some of our darkest moments. The Peer Support Program is vital to providing support to those who serve and I’m grateful to be part of this new initiative.
I’ve lived in the U.P. of Michigan my entire life and have learned to enjoy every season. I enjoy camping and kayaking in the summer, and I enjoy snowshoeing and snowmobiling in the winter. When not doing those things, I love nothing more than spending time with my family and visiting my two girls who are both serving in the military.