the short version :
Current Professional Roles
Professional speaker, trainer, educator.
Clients include Southwest MN Crisis Center, MN State Patrol, Lutheran Social Services, various MN police departments, Ramsey County Attorney's Office, Ramsey County, various high schools throughout MN, Junior League of St. Paul, and others.
Consultant for program development, legislative policy initiatives, and youth and adult education.
Previous clients include The MN Women's Foundation, Saint Paul Public Schools, Lutheran Social Services, and various therapeutic group homes.
Recent Professional History
Co-author of Journey Men group curriculum used at both Central High School and Como Park Senior High School in St. Paul, MN.
A 23 week ( over two semesters) group curriculum designed to support the healthy and intentional development of adolescent males as they approach adulthood.
- To explore self-identities, values, and choices, interests, and obstacles
- To reduce demand of sexual exploitation
- To reduce emotional and physical abuse of women
- To begin changing the culture of what it means to “be a man”
Program Coordinator for organization that serves sexually exploited youth.
Safe Harbor trainings and protocol development
Ramsey County Attorney's Office
Youth counselor & advocate
Heartland Girls' Ranch, Hearts for Freedom program (HFF)
Co-author of S.H.I.N.E. group curriculum used in HFF program
Self-esteem. Healing. Introducing New Endeavors.
An 18 week group curriculum designed for female adolescents
who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation.
Co-chairperson of the Prevention Committee
West Central Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force
Colorado State University, B.S., Human Development & Family Studies
"I hate being called a victim. I don't care for thinking of myself as a survivor either. Sure, I am a survivor of many things... but call me a person.
Because that is what I am - a person."
the long version :
I’ve experienced a brilliantly painful yet glorious symphony of life’s events, emotions, and people. I survived a bitter divorce between my parents, various sexual traumas throughout my childhood, and six years of my adult life in the sex industry, among other things. I also benefitted from a phenomenal education, having friends and family who have supported my wellbeing in so many ways, and new opportunities at every turn.
I was fortunate to exit the industry, and pursue a degree in a field of study that would lay a foundation for me to build a career focused on fostering the wellbeing of others. I am determined to help others create purpose and fulfillment in their life by encouraging them to consciously and intentionally choose their personal values, and then design their choices, priorities, and behaviors in alignment with their values.
Upon graduating, I applied to several organizations across the country to serve girls and women seeking to exit the sex industry. In 2014, I accepted a job in Minnesota that allowed me to provide direct care to adolescent girls in a therapeutic group home as they began to heal from their experiences in the sex industry as well as the other traumas they lived through. Working with the girls was rewarding as much as it was challenging. I spent my time providing direct care, assisting with program development, facilitating groups with the girls, and doing presentations and trainings for professionals throughout the state of Minnesota. Working with the girls in the group home led me to believe in the importance of effective prevention work. In June 2015, I was offered the additional responsibility of heading the Prevention Committee for the West Central Human Trafficking Task Force.
The state of Minnesota recently enacted “Safe Harbor” laws to protect children from being purchased for sex. After working at the first group home for two years, I took time out of direct care and worked with Ramsey County Attorney's Office to conduct trainings for law enforcement throughout the state, and to create a guidebook detailing how various fields can best develop protocol to both respond to and prevent commercial sexual exploitation. When that program concluded, I went back to serving other survivors of CSE at an emergency shelter for youth as program coordinator.
I travel throughout the state providing education and trainings on the topics of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation, working with survivors of trauma, and prevention of sexual exploitation to groups, professionals, and organizations. My audiences range from social workers, probation officers, counselors, law enforcement, and judges, to students, teachers, and engaged community members. My life has positioned me, almost perfectly, to serve in a variety of ways be it talking with youth at high schools and universities, training professionals, or developing program curriculum.