While working on my bachelor's degree in education, I began volunteering at the campus suicide hotline for the University of South Florida in Tampa. After realizing I was more interested in counseling than teaching, I decided to go on for my master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. After moving to Oregon in 1979, I worked for several years as the crisis team coordinator for the Portland Metro Crisis Service training and supervising the many volunteers who staffed the hotline.
I am a member of the newly formed Clinical Assessment Team within the Department of Mental Health; an outgrowth of the former Triage Team. We provide brief phone assessments, matching member needs to services provided. While I don't have on-going professional relationships with members, I find it fulfilling to match members with needed services.
While away from work, my husband and I travel regularly. We maintain our large vegetable garden with the help of our adult children. We enjoy our canned and frozen produce all winter long with frequent meals that include extended family and friends.