My story begins in the inner city of Cleveland, Ohio. I grew up a die-hard sports fan which has become a passion I now share with my husband. After graduating from Case Western University with a bachelor’s in speech communication, I headed west and attained my master’s in public administration with a concentration in health services at the University of Southern California. My passion for health care guided my career to different cities all around the country, and corporate America was treating me well.
And then, a pivot.
My life changed dramatically on my birthday, September 11, 2001. Shortly after, I learned my company was downsizing, and I would soon be out of a job. With some encouragement to go out on my own, I discovered Visiting Angels, a timely franchise opportunity I could relate to all too well. My father’s health was failing, and I was now more aware than ever of the importance of elder care services for seniors and their families. I decided to return to Cleveland, move in with my mom, and launch my own business.
That was 2002, when I was navigating the new challenges of business ownership and the added layers of being a female entrepreneur. I saved, sacrificed, and put in the work to create a thriving organization which, for 16 years, continues to serve families in the Cleveland community.
And again, a pivot.
When I reflected on my journey and the success of a business start-up, I was inspired to share what I’ve learned with others facing their own crossroads. Alongside my ongoing work with Visiting Angels, I began my coaching and public speaking career in 2017, putting that communications degree to good use. I enjoy mentoring individuals one on one who seek to make a major change for themselves. I speak to audiences about elder care issues – from both the provider and caretaker perspectives – as well as business topics about taking smart risks, community philanthropy, and entrepreneurship.
Above all, giving back to the community that built me is why I do what I do. My work with local organizations like the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging (WRAAA),The Cleveland Foundation, Hospice of the Western Reserve and Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry Adults at Risk program allows me to collaborate with teams of community members committed to enriching the lives of my Northeast Ohio neighbors.
Like many people, my career path has not been a straight one. There have been challenges, humbling detours and giant leaps of faith, all of which have prepared me to meet you. Together, we can work towards your next pivot to win.
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