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I began my career in public relations and marketing over 30 years ago. As much as I loved the field, I realized I was compelled to do more in human service and earned a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling. My career started deep in the HIV/AIDS epidemic, on a federal grant researching the impact of mental health on the lives of those infected. I worked in Community Mental Health as a therapist for four years before finding my calling in residential care. I started as a therapist, serving adolescents, eventually managed a program and now am the Executive Director. I am responsible for four residential programs serving 80 youth and young adults, 24 hours a day. We serve nearly 20 youth in a behavioral day school. I am responsible for a line of service within One Hope United with 130 team members serving those youth and families, alongside me.