About Me I grew up in Michigan, and since then have lived in Ohio, Vermont, Kenya, Arizona, California and now Colorado. I have been here for 1 year and 9 months and live in Golden. I'm a Career …
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I grew up in Michigan, and since then have lived in Ohio, Vermont, Kenya, Arizona, California and now Colorado. I have been here for 1 year and 9 months and live in Golden.
I'm a Career Counselor for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Lakewood, where I guide refugees on their career and education path from arrival to citizenship. I've worked for the IRC for four years, first as an Education and Learning Associate in Tucson, then as an Employment Specialist in Oakland, and now I've helped to open the newest IRC office in my current position.
In my free time
For fun, I hit the trail just about every weekend, either hiking, backpacking or running. I also love to cook, hunt for mushrooms, and take photos (wildlife and landscape mostly).
In my previous life I was an artist and still like to involve creativity in my daily life, mostly through cooking and photography. Currently one of my favorite art pieces from my past is on display at our office in Lakewood.
Participating in the Governor's Coaching Corps
Career Counseling is a field that I sort of fell into through my work with refugees, and I have found that I truly love working with individuals to match their skills with their careers. The Governor's Coaching Corps provided an opportunity to more fully explore this field outside of the realm of refugee resettlement, and to develop professional by expanding my network and my coaching skillset.
The most valuable aspects of the corps has been the emotional intelligence coaching with Mara Vernon of Ripp Leadership, which applies not just to my work but to every aspect of my life. I've also enjoyed the network and relationships I made during the process.
I understand Career Coaching as a profession in a much more holistic sense, outside of the context of my work, and have a better perspective of my place within that profession.
Participating in GCC was a truly life changing experience and I look forward to how my cohort moves forward together now that we have completed the Corps. I hope to continue to expand my network and see what opportunities unfold as a result.
I also hope to bring what I learned in the emotional intelligence coaching to my organization and to utilize the skills I've developed to better serve my clients.
For future plans, who knows? I've lived a lot of lives and somehow they have all flowed together in a way that makes sense, so I know wherever I end up next will be a step in the right direction.
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