I'm 29. People tell me that I look and sound 14 (which can be both good and bad...lol...) and although I am young at
heart, I am quite "weathered" and have faced my share of adversity.
I have many life goals. I hope to publish on of the children's books I have written. I also hope to continue
to find time to include teaching children to read.
I have completed my master's degree in social work from the University of Connecticut, and my Baccaluareate
degree in social work from Elms College. I am proud to have been part of the first advanced standing
class in UCONN's history, graduating in 2005 with a concentration in community organization, and a substantive area in
international and local disaster relief.
I love to volunteer, and so it is fitting that I have
been hired as the Director of Emergency Services for the American Red Cross in Greater Westfield; the American Red Cross
is a non-governmental, non-profit, volunteer run organization.
Elizabeth Cady-Stanton once said, "I'm always busy, which is the primary reason that I'm always well." I
believe this rings true for most busy people. I know it rings true for me.
People who know me would tell you that I think everyone should be volunteering their time in one way or
another whenever they can. Let's face it, we can't change what's wrong around us unless we are committed to doing something
to bring about that change... :) I don't believe that these are unfortunate times that we are living in, but times
that will make us all stronger. Plus, volunteering is fun :) I was sent this quote from the American Red Cross
once, "Volunteerism: Volunteerism is about caring and sharing with others. It's about giving freely without expectation
of compensation, other than the compensation that comes to your spirit. The only true gift is a portion of one's self
to others."~R.E. Ireland
"We are all working together toward the same goal -- some with knowledge and awareness; others with ignorance, as
though they are asleep. But we all contribute, and even those who are asleep, the universe needs." - Marcus Aurelius