What prompted you to join Southside Wellness Coalition?
I am a prevention specialist for Southside Behavioral Health in partnership with Kenan Tyner-Smith and even though I am still learning and training, I have became so passionate about helping the community in a bigger aspect through prevention and education. After serving the community and surrounding locations working in EMS and corrections for many years, my journey is continuing on another level of positive movement and the Coalition plays a huge part in that movement. I am glad to be here!
What do you consider to be one of Southside’s biggest challenges?
Lack of education, opportunities and resources in a rural communities which can play a vital role on a long term plan to a trauma informed community to prevent many negative outcomes.
What do you consider to be one of Southside’s biggest strengths?
Personality and Pride! I have met amazing people over the years in these small towns and communities. The saying, “It takes a village” really holds true meaning when it comes to needing a hand and being supportive to one another and that alone creates a welcoming feeling and pride in calling these local communities my home.
If you are employed outside your home, what do you do?
Prevention Specialist with Southside Behavioral Health.
What is a fun fact about you that not many people know?
As a child I wanted to be an aeronautical engineer, I had no idea what that job really was, I just felt educated saying it.
What is something you’ve always wanted to do?
What is your favorite quote?
“My dark days made me stronger. Or maybe I already was strong, and they made me prove it.” — Emery Lord