Safe Families PLUS, in conjunction with the
Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), provides
caring mentors to youth ages 14 to 21 as they
transition to adulthood. Mentors come alongside the
youth to provide them with support that endures.
Through consistent, one-on-one contact, mentors help
youth explore their self-identity, talents, strengths,
and career interests. These relationships open their
eyes to new experiences.
I serve as the Program Director for Safe Families PLUS. I am a Chicago native with a deep love for the city. I grew up on the southside and graduated from Lane Tech College Prep. I'm also a former foster youth who strongly believes that, with the right social supports, all youth can excel in spite of the cards they are dealt. I've had a number of great mentors during my time in care, which made all the difference in the world!
I obtained a B.A. in English from Stanford and later returned home to receive a Masters in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. In my free time, you can usually find me on a plane traveling to a new place, watching old episodes of Grey's Anatomy, or at spin class.
I am originally from Holland, Michigan and I am the middle of five siblings. In May 2017, I graduated from Moody Bible Institute with a Bachelor’s in Pre-Counseling. I've been working for Safe Families PLUS as the Program Coordinator since June 2017. My primary role is equipping mentors and managing referrals. I am passionate about empowering youth and providing them with the love and support they need to excel. Some things I enjoy include sewing, eating Chipotle, spoiling my nephews, and exploring the city with my husband.
I serve as the Mentorship Coordinator here at Safe Families PLUS. My primary roles are recruiting mentors and coaching mentor/mentee relationships. Mentorship style youth development is the heartbeat of my passion. I believe that growth and maturity come with one conversation at a time and one relationship at a time. I am originally from Michigan where I got a Bachelor of Arts degree in youth ministry from Spring Arbor University. My free time consists of golfing, exploring new coffee shops, rooting for the Detroit Lions, and hanging out with my beautiful wife Rachel.