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I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and have been working in the behavioral health field for over 25 years. I became inspired by young people using their voices for change while working as a Wraparound Service Coordinator and as staff to the Kentucky Youth Move Council with KPFC. I look forward to a future where “nothing about us without us” is a reality and decision-makers automatically include young people when determining services, policies, regulations, etc.
I love working for TAYLRD because our focus is giving young people a different way to connect with support through Drop-In Centers. I am also proud to say that we not only consult with youth on practically every aspect of our program, but also employ young people who work for TAYLRD as behavioral health professionals with lived and experience. When I’m not at work, you can usually find me at my cabin in the woods in Willisburg, Kentucky doing pottery, gardening, or spending time with my husband and two daughters.
Prior to working with TAYLRD, I was afforded too many opportunities to list where I used my lived experience as a young person with PTSD & Bipolar disorder, as well as my experience in the foster care system to advocate for better services and supports for youth across the state & nation. In my current role, I help other young people begin their own leadership journey and encourage partners to center the voices of youth and young adults in everything they do.
I love working for TAYLRD because I get to meet young people on the brink of adulthood, who are really starting to come into their own. They are often at the starts of their journey, and do not always get to see the power they have within them the way others do. When a young person uses their voice to make a change that helps them and others, a special kind of magic happens. I consider myself so very lucky to witness that and be a small part of making that magic happen every day at TAYLRD.
I was hired in this position based on my lived experience in receiving behavioral health services for anxiety and depression. I have now been in the role advocating for all youth/young adults ages 16-25 in the state of Kentucky for two years now and absolutely love every minute of it and wouldn’t change jobs in a million years! I am currently working on my Bachelor’s degree in General Education and hope to be an elementary school counselor one day in the future.
I am 22 years old so in my free time, you can find me hanging out with friends, on the water, with my family, or spoiling my baby niece Fiona! I might be watching Tik-Toks, playing Animal Crossing, or sleeping if I’m not with friends or family! Some random facts about me: I am from Ashland, Kentucky, I have a bunny as a nephew, I am extremely organized (at least most of the time), and I absolutely LOVE hibachi.