I am a proud pet parent to 4 dogs, and 5 cats, all of them rescues! I have an artist’s heart and find new hobbies all the time. One constant has always been my passion for working with animals. I have some training in counseling and as a veterinarian technician, among other things. I worked in the restaurant industry for several years as a chef, which exposed me to a diverse group of individuals from all walks of life. I had the honor of watching such growth in some of these people, from getting their high school diploma years after dropping out, writing and making music, to¬† getting off probation, to becoming a parent, to recovering from their addictions and everything in between.

Many of these people were my closest friends and had a profound impact on my life. Some of the people I love the most struggle with addiction, and one of the closest, lost that fight. Through that loss came a passion to help others and to lead a life filled with kindness and compassion.