Being child number 3 out of 10 and growing up on a beef farm, working and being helpful was part of everyday life. Our parents modeled for us what it means to come from a humble environment, but still make a difference in people’s lives.
Unfortunately, I had an undetected learning disability (dyslexia) and struggled academically K-12, subsequently graduating high school illiterate. Lacking these basic skills, I bounced from job to job for two years until finally landing at Grand Valley State. They had a remediation program for students like me, and after several years they let me out.
I know what it means to need help. Because of my struggles, disappointments, and lack of self worth, I became an advocate for all those who feel lost, hopeless, and struggle with life. That’s why I studied Psychology, trained, and became a Hospice volunteer, a Crisis phone line helper, a member of Red Cross Disaster Relief, and a member of the Midwest Michigan Critical Incident Stress Management Team, where we debrief groups of people who have experienced emotional tragedies.
On the flip side of working in crisis mode, I use my background in stand-up and improvisational comedy throughout my work. We know that when people are laughing, their heart, soul, and mind are wide open for healing and change. I’ve learned how to help people limit regrets, be honest, and open emotional doors, so you can spend time with your soul.