Emerson College: Bachelor's of Science in Theater Education, 1995
Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery: Recovery Coaching Basics, Professionalism, Emergency Department, and Spirituality, including the Training of Trainers, completing the full suite of CCAR courses, June, 2020
CCAR's Recovery Coach Professional (RCP) Designation Achieved, January, 2020
Break Free Intervention Training by Brad Lamm CIP, June, 2018
Massachusetts CARC: Certified Addiction Recovery Coach Designation Achieved, September 2017
Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery: Recovery Coach Academy for Young Adults, January, 2018
Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery: Recovery Coaching and Professionalism, Ethics and Boundaries for Coaches, Hartford, CT
Trundy Institute: Motivational Interviewing, Cultural Competency, Ethics, New Bedford, MA
The Addictions Academy: Recovery Coaching, Family Coaching, Interventions, Miami, FL
Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery: Recovery Coach Academy and Training of the Trainers: Hartford, CT
I work with great passion and love at the intersection of addiction and recovery, and the performing arts.
I am a Certified Addiction Recovery Coach and Recovery Coach Professional, a storyteller, actor, teaching artist, facilitator and activist.
As a Recovery Coach, I work with adolescents, men and women who have substance use disorders, helping them navigate early recovery and helping them build a foundation for long term recovery. I also work with their families to help them learn how to better support their loved one's path of recovery. Though I've loved the direct coaching work I've done for the last five years, I've recently changed my focus more toward facilitating educational courses for recovery coaches, such as leading CCAR's Recovery Coach Academy with Phil Valentine.
As a speaker and storyteller for both art and advocacy, I’ve shared about my own journey with addiction, incarceration and recovery, and particularly the topics of mass incarceration and addiction in society. I’ve been a panelist and speaker at Wellesley College, Harvard Law School, and the State House. I’ve been featured on the radio and in print countless times, and in the CBS News documentary, “Faith, Hope and the Burden of Addiction.” I've told and won awards as a storyteller at many venues, including WGBH's Stories from the Stage, PRX's Podcast Garage, Massmouth, the Moth, Riot Improv, and I was the 2018 season champion of South Shore Story Slam.
I utilize storytelling and its ability to empower, connect and heal people in my facilitation of groups for all ages and populations. I design and facilitate storytelling and theater workshops for people in recovery and loved one's, as well as many others. I am the co-creator and facilitator of Phoenix Tales Recovery Storytelling, a workshop series teaching the art of storytelling to people impacted by substance use disorder.
I've experienced the amazing transformational power of stories as a teller, a listener, and a teacher, and it's my great pleasure to help others do the same.
IN THE NEWS...
Article featuring my story on healing the wounds for children with incarcerated parents. (Ravishly)
Article about my work as a coach, actor and teaching artist (Patriot Ledger)
Getting Past the Barriers: When a Mother Is In Prison. (New York Times)
The power of storytelling in the community (Boston Globe)
UUCM speaker tackles mass incarcerations (Wicked Local)
Clean now, Scituate woman is even thankful for her addiction (The Enterprise)
Scituate forum hears plea to battle drug addiction with love (The Patriot Ledger)