My Story: I love what I do! My work as a coach and an educator is grounded in positive psychology, a research-based field that studies what helps people to thrive in their lives and work, and how we can apply those findings in practical ways.
In addition to my coaching practice, I teach a college freshman course called Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness, Creativity, and Accomplishment, and I give talks and workshops to people interested in bringing positive psychology into their lives and workplaces.
My Background: I came to this work after being first and foremost a mom. My secondary role was to supplement our family income. This meant I held jobs that were, well, great “for now” jobs – not a career or a calling. I learned a lot but I wasn’t passionate about the work. Being a mom was fulfilling to me; working jobs I wasn’t passionate about was not. I began my coach training the same month our youngest daughter graduated from high school. I understand feeling unfulfilled. I’ve been there, and I know how to help.
My Love of Learning: I recently received a Master of Science in Positive Organization Development and Change (MPOD) from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Minnesota. I trained with the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC), where I hold an Energy Leadership Master Practitioner certification, and I am an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation.
I also have a Certificate in Positive Psychology from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and the Wholebeing Institute. I continue to study extensively with this program, first as a Teaching Assistant, and now as a Senior Teaching Assistant.
I continue to learn and develop thoughts and ideas around mindfulness. Currently, I am participating in a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Fundamentals training at the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center, where I am learning how to become an MBSR teacher.
My loves: I have been married for 32 years, I’m a mom to four grown children, mother-in-law to three, and grandma to three. My family has always been my biggest priority, and that hasn’t changed! And now I also love the work that I do. I love making personal connections and seeing people’s faces light up when they become empowered by the teachings of positive psychology.
I spend my free time connecting with others (which usually involves a lot of laughter), writing, learning, traveling, doing jigsaw puzzles, reading, and staying active outdoors, especially walking, running, biking, swimming, and cross-country skiing.