EDUCATION AND TRAINING:

  • B.A. in Psychology, State University of New York at Geneseo
  • Graduate of Leadership Mendocino Class XXII
    • The Leadership Mendocino mission is to identify and develop a diverse group of community leaders who will help create a spirit of countywide cooperation and commitment for the resolution of current and future community issues

GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL:

  • Board member and President of the Albion Little River Fire Protection District
    • Organized coalition to pass Measure M which led to financial stability and assessed corporate, timber, and range land assuring economic fairness for services provided
    • Introduced ordinance to declare dead standing timber a nuisance
    • Established Critical Incident Stress Debriefing protocol for firefighters
    • Led Board discussions and community dialogue on affordable housing for firefighters

MENTAL HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES:

  • Counselor, Hillside Children’s Center, Rochester NY
    • Counselor to boys and girls in residential and day treatment facility
  • Supervisor at Plumfield Children’s Center, Group Home for boys (Sonoma County)
    • 24 bed facility that treats court-placed emotionally traumatized boys in residential treatment
  • Youth Worker, Mendocino County Youth Project
    • Implemented individual and group mental health services in schools including substance abuse education and counseling,
    • Individual and family counseling,
    • Facilitation and training for school staff
  • Coastal Program Manager, Mendocino Coast Children’s Fund and First Five Mendocino
    • Worked with all school districts and preschools in coastal Mendocino County, County Health and Human Services staff, Fort Bragg Police Department, Mendocino County Sheriffs Office and social service organizations to provide assistance and resources to children, families, and the organizations that serve them
  • Founder of Passage to Manhood, a Mentoring and Rites of Passage organization serving young men and families
    • Rites of Passage, Individual and group mentoring for young men exploring the transition from boyhood to responsible and meaningful manhood
    • Support for families through education and individual sessions
    • Coordinates and consults with school, law enforcement, mental health and social service personnel
  • Trained Parent Educator and Workshop Leader, Positive Parenting Program; Men, Infants, and Children; Parenting Apart Workshops for Mendocino County Courts
    • Facilitate parents in acquiring techniques to enhance parenting skills
    • Work with men on issues of Fathering
    • Facilitate parents who are legally breaking up to acquire skills to ease the transition for their children

COMMUNITY ORGANIZING:

  • Coastal Housing Action team member, Healthy Mendocino Project, exploring solutions and creating policy recommendations to the affordable housing crisis
  • Albion Community Awareness Network (co-founder), an as-needed neighborhood organization concerned with public safety and environmental issues in the Little River, Albion, and Navarro Ridge area
    • Interfaced with Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, Cal Fire, Albion Little River Fire Protection District, Mendocino Redwood Company
    • Coordinated with Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office to set up neighborhood watch to enhance community safety
    • Educated residents of the Albion Little River Fire Protection District on fire and public safety issues
    • Pressured timberland owners to not spray herbicides on selected forest lands
  • Public Affairs Programmer for KZYX/Z (Ecology Hour, Universal Perspectives)
    • Facilitated community discussion and action around numerous subjects including environmental issues, tribal sovereignty, forest protection and herbicide use, Marine Life Protection Act, cannabis issues, fire safety, mentoring youth, homelessness, and mental health
  • Community Events Producer
    • Benefit events for multiple community organizations such as Project Sanctuary, the Intertribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council, and Forest Protection organizations
  • Worked with forest conservation organizations and labor unions to establish sustainable forestry practices
    • Groups including Redwood Forest Foundation, Redwood Coast Watershed Alliance, Albion River Watershed Protection Association, Friends of the Gualala and Garcia, Environmental Protection Information Center, United Steelworkers Union, Alliance for Sustainable Jobs and the Environment
  • Mendocino Coast Circle of Men organizer and workshop leader
    • Organized retreats and ongoing groups exploring meaningful issues of masculine emotional health and social responsibilit
  • Albion Little River Fire Protection District Auxiliary

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

  • Commercial Seaweed Harvester, Rising Tide Sea Vegetables
  • Sports Official for the Redwood Empire Officials Association (Basketball, Baseball, Softball)
  • Carpentry, lumber milling, firewood, yard and home maintenance
  • Performing Storyteller, World Stories for all ages; Grant recipient from the Arts Council of Mendocino County
  • Singer/songwriter performing in California and touring the western U.S.
  • Massage Therapist