I was born and raised in Newark, Ohio. I have played basketball my entire life, and after graduating high school, I decided to attend Muskingum University where I was undecided about the direction I wanted to go academically. After my first year at Muskingum, I was offered the opportunity to coach middle school and high school basketball in Newark, so I transferred to The Ohio State University, which allowed me the flexibility I needed to be able to offer my love and passion for the game by coaching the youth in my community. I was initially enrolled in the Special Education Program at The Ohio State University, with the plan of becoming a teacher and continuing my path as a Basketball Coach. In 2018, when Journey Home Foster Care became licensed, I was offered a job as a Mentor, which provided me with flexibility and another avenue to work with kids. Shortly after beginning my adventure with Journey Home, I realized that working with youth and parents in the foster care system was my calling, and changed my Major to Social Work. I am now a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, and became a Licensed Social Worker in 2022. I have worked in various roles within Journey Home, including being a Mentor, a Homestudy Assessor, a Case Manager, the Placement Coordinator, and now a Foster Care Coordinator. Journey Home has allowed me the opportunity to impact many children and parents which is something I believe I was always meant to do. This agency and its mission have opened doors for me to continue to grow as an individual and become someone that people can count on in times of need.