Where did you grow up? I was born in Denver, CO and at the age of 7, my family and I moved to Guatemala where my mother is from. I started first grade in Guatemala and returned to the United States at age eighteen to begin college.
Where did you go to school? I have a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Oberlin College and a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin.
How did you develop a passion for the healing power of animals? I had the privilege of witnessing how healing therapy animals can be through my job at the University of Utah Counseling Center where I saw therapy dogs bring such comfort, joy and support to students, staff and faculty.
What do you do for Utah Pet Partners? I am currently the Chair of the Board at Utah Pet Partners.
What’s your day job? I am a clinical social worker at the University of Utah Counseling Center where I do individual and group counseling, coordinate our Outreach program and supervise interns.
Tell briefly about your family and hobbies. My husband and I moved to Salt Lake City thirteen years ago when he was offered a job in the English Department at Westminster College, where he continues to work. We have an eleven year old daughter named Carmen and two fur babies: our Corgi named Bonnie and our cat, Oreo. My family and I enjoy spending time at home, reading, cooking, having friends over, playing games and being with our animals. I find the beauty of nature to be restorative and so I enjoy hiking, snow shoeing, cross country skiing and taking Bonnie out for walks on the Jordan River Parkway.