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My Professional Journey

I started my career as a social worker in 2007 in Long Island, New York, working with adolescents facing legal intervention. While working with their parents I realized how much I enjoyed supporting caregivers and so I began working at a center for victims of crime, holding support groups and psycho-education about domestic violence in the local community. I later relocated to Berkeley, California and supported individual and group mental health services for homeless families and runaway youth in Potrero Hill and Haight Ashbury. From there, I joined the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry department at SF-General Hospital providing individual case management, family therapy and developed a curriculum for elementary educators to share best practices for teaching students with trauma histories.


During the time I had been living in the Bay Area, I was also volunteering at a women's health talk-line and ultimately accepted a position training new volunteers and supporting the agency's volunteer program. I had my first son some time after that and pivoted to being a stay at home mom. I was ready for a different work-life balance and decided to start my own business writing and officiating wedding ceremonies. It was during this time working with families just forming, that I was introduced to Waldorf and RIE through attending Parent-Child classes and it changed my world and focus going forward. I became deeply involved in my son's Waldorf school and for a semester I held the Parent-Child offering. This experience uncovered a new path that would lead me to further my education, seek out mentors and develop my own programming to support families with children. While I no longer practice clinical social work or create wedding ceremonies, I feel that my experience and passion for holding space for people and making them feel loved and supported is still something that I get to do through Parent-Child work...and that makes my heart soar. ✨


Stony Brook University

Masters of Social Work, Childhood Trauma and Adoption Issues, 2011

Bachelor of Arts, Major in Psychology, Minor in Child and Family Studies, 2009

Further Studies

Resources for Infant Educarers

Foundations: Theory and Observation, June 2022

Lifeways North America

Care for the Young Child's Senses, January 2023

Living Arts~Cornerstones of Care, September 2022

Birth to Three with Rahima Baldwin, March 2021
Discipline with Loving Awareness, February 2019



Alameda County Fair, Pleasanton, CA 2023

Judge's Favorite & Honorable Mention-Dolls

Alameda County Fair, Pleasanton, CA 2022

2nd Place Ribbon-Crochet Afghans

Alameda County Fair, Pleasanton, CA 2019

1st Place Ribbon-Needle Felting

Alameda County Fair, Pleasanton, CA 2019

2nd Place Ribbon-Teddy Bears and Dolls

Exhale Pro-Voice, Oakland, CA 2013

Rachel Falls Compassion Award

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