What prompted you to join Southside Wellness Coalition?
When I joined VCU and became Practice Manager for our Community Health and Wellness and Behavioral Health Practices, CMH was part of SWC. I was invited to work with the coalition on behalf of CMH, feeling I would learn and work well with the coalition for our practices.
What do you consider to be one of Southside’s biggest challenges?
Access to mental and behavioral health services, timely support for mental health crisis, safe housing options with monitoring.
What do you consider to be one of Southside’s biggest strengths?
Growing population and work opportunities, inviting companies to offer programs for job rehabilitation
If you are employed outside your home, what kind of work do you do?
Practice Ops Manager for VCU Health System
What is a fun fact about you that not many people know?
Growing up can have its moments and when my mother wasn’t happy about my decision with a friend, she would ask me: “If your friend jumps out of an airplane are you going to jump, too?” For my 40th birthday a friend and I jumped out of a perfectly good airplane for my first and last sky diving experience. I was able to tell my mother that I did in indeed follow my friend and jumped out of an airplane. She didn’t find any humor in the childhood reference.