I am many things. Mother, Widow, Speech Language Pathologist, TEDx Speaker, Business Owner, World Traveler and Neurodivergent, to name a few. I choose to live my life out loud, to be unapologetically me and to speak from the heart. My passion lies in being a voice for the neurodivergent community, for sharing the common thread we all have: to be seen, heard and understood.
My story changed drastically in the morning hours of January 7th, 2022. It was then that I became a widow. Before that I was many things I am not now, and now I am many things I was not then. I am still a mother, business owner, TEDx speaker and passionate advocate for neurodiversity advancement. I now choose to integrate all of these things into one space and move forward with a greater passion than I've ever had before. I am Vulnerable, Outrageous and Powerful and I am here to facilitate lasting change in the world.
Business owner and CEO for Outreach, Advocacy, Resources and Services (OARS) Inc.
Independent Contractor for School-Based Speech Pathology Services
Speech Language Pathologist for Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH)
Owner and CEO of OARS, a company focused on developing on life skills for teens and young adults who are neurodivergent. OARS follows a client centered, strengths based approach within natural settings in order to improve social communication and develop positive peer relationships.
Provided speech/language therapy & diagnostic evaluations for various districts in Mendocino County. Provided services for preschool through high school with mild to profound communication disorders
Participated in IEP and RTI (Response to Intervention) writing and implementation
Member of evaluation and implementation team (ACCESS) to assess Augmentative and Assistive Communication (AAC) needs of students for MCOE
Lead Speech-Language Pathologist and Swallowing Specialist for inpatient, outpatient and home health settings; serving pediatric through geriatric populations.
Conducted AAC evaluations for adults and children, provided AAC training for device users.
Conducted inpatient, outpatient and home health dysphagia evaluations.
Conducted Modified Barium Swallow (MBS) Studies for adults.
Conducted inpatient and outpatient cognitive evaluations for adults.
National ESEA conference, Atlanta, Georgia: For the Greater Good-- Collaboration as a tool to improve language and literacy
Montessori del Mar, Fort Bragg, California: Pragmatics and Speech. Informational lecture for parents and teachers
HomeSchool Conference, San Jose, California: Language and Literacy
TEDx Ocala, Florida: Neurodiversity; the new normal
MCDH Wellness Series, Fort Bragg, California, Co-presenter: How Speech Therapy Can Help
Colorado Metro Speech-Language Symposium, Co-presenter: Just Talk, Functional Communication in a Group Setting Using AAC