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Since January 2007, I have been the Director of Crisis Intervention at Hope Harbor, Inc.: A Sexual Trauma Recovery Center. My core responsibility with this position is coordinating the Volunteer Advocate Program. My academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, with minors in Criminology and Women's Studies, a Masters degree in Public Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Gender and Women's Studies (all from Western Kentucky University). Knowing this background, it should be no surprise that researching and working with the dynamics surrounding violence against women is my strongest passion.
My goal as an instructor is to introduce students to new ideas, as well as encourage them to explore how things such as race, class and especially gender are daily concepts in their lives. Also, advocacy work and grassroots organizing is very important to me and I will attempt to empower students to get involved in whatever area is interesting to them.
In my personal life, I am the proud mother of an adorable schnoodle (schnauzer/poodle) but I hope to soon be called "momma" by a human as well as my husband and I are in the process of adopting our first child. I love reading, camping, hiking, kayaking, sitting by a campfire and essentially anything outside. I also love using a metal detector to search for buried treasure (just call me Indiana Jones) and buying old furniture to either re-purpose or refinish.