What is your prior professional background?
Prior to SMYAL, I worked at Polaris as an Anti-Human Trafficking Hotline Advocate, and before that, I was a policy fellow at the National Network to End Domestic Violence. One of my favorite roles has been as a Program Associate in the Philippines for Community and Family Services International, where I worked to organize youth surrounding their sexual health. I have also worked as an event and meeting planner.
Why did you choose SMYAL?
After working in the Philippines with LGBTQ youth, I decided that it was a population I really wanted to focus on. I chose SMYAL because I could expand that work, specifically in a transitional housing program, helping to ensure that the most vulnerable young people in our community have a safe, secure, and supportive place to live as they work to meet their life goals.
What is your role as Case Manager in the SMYAL Transitional Housing Program?
In my role as Case Manager, I handle the day to day case management services to support the youth in residence. I work with the residents to develop their goals into actions plans, hold weekly check in meetings, and assist them with navigating through any crisis situations that pop up in their lives. I also assist in completing intakes and referrals out to our partner organizations, in addition to facilitating group programming for the residents. My job is to help prepare our residents for leading self sufficient and independent lives after leaving our program.
What is your spirit animal?
My spirit animal is a horse because they are driven, fast, and strong, yet gentle. They also have a great appetite for freedom that I relate to. I also like that they manage to balance their instinctive personalities with being tamed.
What do you do when you’re not at work?
When I’m not at work, I like hanging out with my friends, particularly adventuring to new brunch spots on the weekends. I also enjoy yoga, and dabbling in photography. I was born in South Florida, and enjoy anything to do with the ocean and being outside.