My father was a pastor when I was growing up, and service to others was the primary value in our home. I always thought I would go into the ministry, social work or counseling.
I graduated early from high school, got married and moved to Kentucky. By the time I was 23, I had finished my bachelor's degree in social work at UK and had three children. I was a stay-at-home mom for several years and worked a few part-time social work jobs.
When my children were older, I went to Asbury Theological Seminary to get a master's in counseling. I worked in a private practice and was an on-call chaplain at UK Medical Center for a couple of years before returning to UK to get my master's in social work. I facilitated the parent education clinics for divorcing parents in Madison and Fayette counties for over 15 years. I did my clinical placements at UK Outpatient Psychiatry and have continued to work here since 1999.
I did triathlons in my 30s and took up ballroom dancing in my 50s, where I met my current husband. We have 18 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren between us. I have always loved working with young children and am surrounded by them at work and at home!
BASW, MSW, University of Kentucky
MA, Counseling, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Ky.
Certifications and Special Training
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
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