My Story: I love what I do! My work as a coach and 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 an online course at Champlain College called Foundations of Positive Organizational Development. I have also taught a first year course at UMass Amherst called Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness, Creativity, and Accomplishment. 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 (and how it impacts the work I do): I have 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 an Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) through the International Coach Federation (ICF), and I am an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the ICF.
I also have a Certificate in Positive Psychology from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and the Wholebeing Institute. I continued to study extensively with the program for four years after graduating, first as a Teaching Assistant, then as a Senior Teaching Assistant. This work allowed me to delve deeper into helping others to apply the tools of positive psychology toward becoming better versions of themselves.
My learning in coaching continues! Currently, I am enrolled in a course with internationally renowned coach Judith E. Glaser called Conversational Intelligence and am learning more about co-creating impactful relationships through building trust and listening, and understanding the neuroscience of what happens during conversations.
I continue to learn and develop thoughts and ideas around mindfulness. Recently, I became a qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher through the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center, so I am now qualified to teach the 8-week MBSR course and also bring this into my work with corporate or higher education clients.
My loves: I have been married for 33 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 personal connections and seeing people’s faces light up when they experience the power of coaching and the tools 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.