Education Advocacy for IEP (Individualized Education Plan), 504 (Accommodation)
Life Coach for goal setting
We will work together because we are committed to helping others through educational and disability advocacy and life coaching. We take your convictions and turn them into action. Our "about us" on the next page describes how we can work with you to build on strengths, develop goals, and put an action plan to work! Get in touch for more information!
I'm a parent of 5 children, three grandchildren, and an aunt to my amazing nieces and nephews. I have worked with children and families for over 30 years. We are a military family that retired after 20 years. My husband then followed me here to Illinois where we call home. I've been a Department of Defense employee with the Air Force
I'm a parent of 5 children, three grandchildren, and an aunt to my amazing nieces and nephews. I have worked with children and families for over 30 years. We are a military family that retired after 20 years. My husband then followed me here to Illinois where we call home. I've been a Department of Defense employee with the Air Force since 1995 in 2 countries and 3 states. I worked as a Director of Child and Youth Programs for 24 years until I found my other calling in the Exceptional Family Member Program as a non-medical case manager for military connected families that have a family member with a disability, medical diagnosis, or educational support plan.
I have three children with neurodiverse disabilities. I'm a certified Life Coach through ICF, and I've taken special education and advocacy courses (see list below). I volunteer as an Educational Advocate with Family Matters, the Parent Training Center for the State of IL, and I'm an Educational Surrogate for students that do not have parents to advocate for them in Special Education across the State of IL. I am a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). I am an adoptive and former foster parent of 11 children. We decided to stop fostering when we adopted our daughter so that we could give our full attention to her and her needs. I graduated from the LEND Program through the University of IL in Chicago in 2022. I have been a member of the St. Clair Co Junior Service Club since 2014. I'm passionate about advocating for DIEA (Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Accessibility) for all. I believe everyone should be included in all that we do. Inclusion shouldn't be an afterthought, ever. Inclusion isn't a one size fits all. We should embrace diversity for its beauty in all that it has to teach us and allow it to open opportunities for inclusion in ways that we never saw possible.
Education - Certifications/Trainings - Community Involvement
Bachelors of Art, Child Development
Concordia University, St. Paul, MN
Master, Business Administration
Concordia University, St. Paul, MN
Associate, Early Childhood Education – Central Texas College, RAF Mildenhall, UK
US Institute of Diplomacy and Human Rights Consultant Training – Nov 2022
FACES - Educational Advocacy Boot Camp
International Coaching Federation (ICF) Life Coach Certification - 2022
Mascoutah Middle School PTO Treasurer SY 2022/2023
Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) https://www.illinoislend.org/
Interdisciplinary Graduate level Training Program, University of IL, Chicago – 2022
Special Education Parent Support Group Leader - Cornerstone Christian Church Shiloh iL
Friends of Military Families Private Org - President 2022, Vice President 2019-2021
Grief Recovery Method Specialist Facilitator
Scott AFB EFMP One Stop Implementation Project Coordinator
Community Action Team (CAT) Member (Moody AFB, Langley AFB, Scott AFB)
Court Appointed Support Advocate (CASA) Volunteer for St. Clair/Madison/Bond Co
Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education (AFCPE) National Disability Institute (NDI)
Financial Inclusion Essentials Course
Illinois State Board of Education Parent Surrogate
Attends Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Meetings for students that are homeless or placed in residential programs
IEP Master Coach Training
Community Organizing and Family (COFI) Advocacy Training
Illinois Action for Children Family Advocacy Committee Member Governor’s Early Learning Council
Meals on Wheels Junior Service Club Route Coordinator and Volunteer
American Red Cross Babysitter Trainer
American Red Cross CPR and First Aid Trainer
IL Parent Training Center – Family Matters - Educational Advocate Volunteer
ARC Advocacy Training
St. Clair Co. Junior Service Club Director
Soup Bus Coordinator for St. Clair County Junior Service Club/East St. Louis location
Cornerstone Christian Church Youth Volunteer – Vacation Bible School & Awana
Special Olympics Coaches Certification
Illinois Boys and Girls Clubs (BGCA) Programming Committee Member
Chief Professional Officer of the Year BGCA, State of Illinois - 2014
Inducted into St. Clair County Jr. Service Club – 2014 to present
St. Clair County 4-H Advisory Council
Council on Accreditation –first accredited program in Air Force (AF) Youth Programs
Youth Program received United Way (UW) Volunteer Certification – Scott AFB
Youth Program received Illinois Boys and Girls Clubs Program of the Year – 2011, 2012, 2014
Foster Parent of the Month
Specialized Licensed Foster Parent State of Illinois for children with Special Needs
Hampton Roads Chamber Leadership Institute Graduate
Project Coordinator - Community Needs Assessment Langley AFB
Conducted on-site technical advice to local Child & School Age Programs
National After School Association (NAA) -Accreditation Endorser
Air Force Civilian Manager of the Year
National Association Youth Sports Administrators Certification
National Parks and Rec Playground Inspector
Excellence in Youth Sports Award National Alliance for Youth Sports (Moody AFB Youth Sports)
AF Youth Collaboration Project – Moody AFB
(Family Advocacy/Youth Programs/Cooperative Extension)
We focus on making the maximum positive effort for our clients and families. Through compassion for making inclusive places for everyone. We work with our clients and their families through life coaching, educational advocacy, and family mapping to establish the right support to ensure accessible environments that embraces everyone for who they are.
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