Doctor of Philosophy, Educational Studies - Trinity International University -2009-2015
Dissertation: "Undergraduate Student Leaders, a Subgroup of Millennials, and Their Self-Selected Life Experiences in Teams"
Master of Education, Community Agency Counseling - Clemson University - 1998, Summa Cum Laude, Chi Sigma Iota Bachelor of Science, Psychology - Indiana University - 1995, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma
Bachelor of Arts, Biology - Indiana University - 1995, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma
PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE: Licensed Professional Counselor, North Carolina (2002-present)
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL (tiu.edu), Associate Dean of Student Leadership Development (2016-2017) Director of Leadership Development and Local Community Partnerships Deerfield,IL(2007-2016)
Innovated and implemented successful leadership programs increasing recruitment and impacting retention.
Established 360 brand for Emerging Leaders Conference resulting in 400% growth of TIU 360 Leadership Conference.
Created and cultivated interdepartmental task force to develop seamless culture of leadership across the university leadership program.
Launched and led 360 Leadership Institute after receiving $600,000 grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. Led grant writing team.
Rebranded Emerging Leader program and facilitated university-wide impact.
Coached over 50 emerging adults resulting in transformational growth.
Numerous professional presentations throughout the country and in India. Topics included: Leadership, Women in Leadership, EQ, and Recruitment and Retention.
ADJUNCT FACULTY, Trinity College (2009-2016)
Pioneered Endorsement and Minor in Practical Leadership for students participating in experiential leadership opportunities. • Experience teaching a wide variety of courses from Group Dynamics to Emerging Leaders to Camp Operations.
Youth Unlimited High Point, NC, Program Director, Therapeutic Foster Care (2001-2006)
Created and developed successful Therapeutic Foster Care Program to establish a continuum of care across the agency. • Recruited, trained, and supervised staff and foster families to provide holistic care.
Co-authored policies and procedures to establish effective program guidelines.
Team-led successful COA accreditation guaranteeing that best practices were followed.