I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Child Development at Michigan State University with a double major in Elementary Education. I also earned my Master's Degree in Child Development through Michigan State. I have taken several graduate courses in Family and Community Services at MSU, which prepared me for an administrative capacity in a community program. Currently, I work as an Early Childhood Specialist through the Ingham Intermediate School District.
My husband, Jim, and I have four beautiful children. We enjoy playing music, being outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and keeping active. Soccer and softball take up a lot of our time! My mother is a doula and lamaze instructor, and so I have been learned about birth from a very young age. I believe that when a woman gives birth, not only is she giving birth to a new life, but she is also giving birth to herself as a mother. The transition to this new identity is a pivotal moment in life. My mother's passion for supporting women through this transition has inspired me to continue her journey. I am serving as the president for the Willow Tree Family Center because I am deeply engaged in working with children and families. I believe that women need to be informed and empowered during the experience of birth because it will be one of the most important moments of their lifetime. I believe that women and families need support and resources as they transition into parenthood in order to make the best choices for their families. I believe that the relationship parents have with their children as infants sets the foundation for their development and success later in life. I am committed to serving women and families as they navigate through their own pregnancy, birth, and parenting experiences.