School Psychology and Counselor Education
- 2023, William & Mary, Master of Education, Military and Veterans Counseling
- 2002, Central Michigan University, Masters in Science/Health Services Administration
- 1992, University of the District of Columbia, B.S. Biology
What kind of educational and professional experiences did you have prior to beginning this degree?
Prior to starting this program, I spent 7 years working with transitional age and court-involved juveniles in a local government agency. I served in various capacities working with multidiscipline teams, supporting efforts to provide wrap-around services to meet client needs. Before that, I served as an Academy Director for a health services program in an inner-city high school. In this capacity, I directed service and academic activities for the program; and worked to meet the needs of students with general, unique and advanced education needs. Before that, I started my health services career in the Biotech industry. I spent 14 years in the industry, supporting pre-clinical research and managing multiple research facilities and teams. I currently manage case managers in a 1000 person capacity correctional treatment facility. In addition, I am a certified restorative justice practitioner, trained in trauma-informed care approaches, and a certified health and wellness coach.
As a student pursuing a master's degree in Military and Veterans Counseling, why did you choose this field, and what motivates you in this work?
I chose this field because I have always had a passion for holistic health and wellness. My time in K12 education ignited my passion for social justice and equity in education. I believe that with the cohesive support of the community and intentional wrap-around services, marginalized individuals, including justice-involved can reintegrate successfully into their communities as self-sufficient, productive citizens. My goal remains to be an unjudgmental hope agent and an advocate for the underserved as they thrive towards positive transformation. I am continuously motivated by former students who have overcome adversity and are living productive lives.
What do you hope to be doing after graduation? In 10 or 15 years?
In 10 or 15 years, I see myself supporting Veterans, their families and transitional age youth. I see myself in private practice but volunteering and offering services in a community health center.
Why did you choose William & Mary and specifically your degree program? What sets this degree program apart from those offered at other colleges?
Aside from its academic prestige, I chose to attend William & Mary because of its Military and Veterans Counseling program. I specifically chose this program because it offered the Military and Veterans specialization. Also, it provided an asynchronous learning opportunity for non-traditional students with full-time jobs; the community's inclusive and diverse nature was inviting and the program is CACREPP accredited.
What has been the most influential experience you've had so far in your program?
The journey has been empowering; however, the staff facilitated group discussions have been significant learning opportunities. The opportunity to gain different perspectives from peers with diverse backgrounds is a priceless resource.
Please add any additional information you think a prospective student should know about the School of Education and its degree programs.
To a prospective student, I would say fear not; you will have support. Come with an open mind, ready to learn and share. Perfection is not required. Your sincere effort will be essential.