I volunteered at RISE for two years before becoming Coordinator Jan. 1, 2018. Previously, I taught Special Education for 22 years at Jefferson and Washington High Schools and then became a Special Education Consultant for Grant Wood AEA for 11 years. I supervised student teachers for UNI after retiring and taught at Kirkwood as an adjunct.
I have volunteered in many organizations including Waypoint in their domestic violence shelter and the Madge Phillips shelter. I have been a Court Appointed Special Advocate, facilitator for Young Parent’s Network, and various positions in my church. I worked in Restorative Justice for many years as a mentor before starting at RISE.
I am married with three grown children, three step sons and 11 grandchildren.
I became a Navigator because I believe everyone deserves a second chance and I have seen that people coming out the prison/jail system have many roadblocks and challenges facing them. I want to help these people get back on their feet and let them know that there are people who believe in them.