Director of Youth & Family Services
Why are you involved with Boys & Girls Club?
It’s always been my goal to work with youth and being involved with the club gives me the ability to provide youth in Bend with an environment where they feel empowered, safe, and supported. Being able to help youth thrive and reach their full potential is my absolute favorite part of this job.
What path did you take to end up here?
I studied Psychology and Sociology at Oregon State and I always had a passion for working with youth. Which led me to applying for a position at the club where I could combine that education and passion to my career. After I had been working with the club for a number of years I decided to pursue a Masters in Social Work through Portland State so I could expand my knowledge in this field, continue to work for an organization I love, and also continue supporting the youth in my community.
What is your favorite part about living in Central Oregon?
I spent my whole childhood camping, hiking, paddle boarding, and exploring the lakes and mountains around Bend. Being able to go out and adventure in nature all over Central Oregon continues to be my absolute favorite part of living here!