Program Director- Downtown
Why are you involved with Boys & Girls Clubs?
My family has grown up going to Boys and Girls Club. I started with the club as a teen, and although I didn’t spend as much time here as my younger siblings, the club still impacted my life incredibly! I have always wanted to be like some of my greatest teachers, and not only teach kids but help them and encourage them to become great people in the world. I joined the club staff once I started college because my dream in life was to work with young kids and teach them, learn with them, connect with them, and impact their lives for the better!
What path did you take to end up here?
I started studying Early Childhood Education and American Sign Language in college which is what drove me to start working at the club again with young kiddos. I then took a break from the club and school to do an internship at Walt Disney World in Florida, where I stayed for a year and a half and learned the ins and outs of everything Disney and magic making for kids! I started online school back up and came home from Disney when COVID-19 hit, and I am currently almost finished with a Graphic Design degree. As soon as I came back, the club was calling to me, and my heart followed. I love everything about working here and seeing these kids bloom into amazing individuals!
What is your favorite part about living in Central Oregon?
My favorite part about living in Central Oregon is being able to easily access the great outdoors. I was born and raised in Central Oregon, so I was very fortunate to grow up as a very active child. I love to hike, kayak, explore outdoors, camp, and snowboard. I absolutely love an adventure in nature, and I LOVE that it is so easy to do in Bend!