I began my security career at Nottoway Correctional Center in Nottoway county Virginia, a level three correctional facility! That was my first exposure to a secure setting and special management housing. I then moved on to working Piedmont Regional Jail. It was there I developed more skill dealing with physical, verbal, environmental aggression. While employed at Piedmont Regional Jail I held the positions of corporal, sergeant, administrative sergeant, internal affairs lieutenant as well as emergency response team leader. I had the following Department of Criminal Justice Services certifications, certified jailer, general instructor, defensive tactics instructor, and basic tactical school.
My career in mental health started as a mentor through Family Preservation Services, which is a human service agency that is licensed by Department of behavioral health and developmental services. In 2009 I went to work at Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation. While employed at VCBR I held the positions of residential treatment associate, emergency response team member, trainer, and am currently employed as DCJS special conservator of the peace criminal and internal affairs investigator.
I am originally from Halifax County, and went to Longwood University and earned a Bachelor of Art degree in Social Work. With psychology courses, and a concentration in family studies I worked at an outdoor wilderness program through the Department of Social Services, specifically working with children and their families. After graduation, I went to work for the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. After a few years working with adults, I left to work with children at an inpatient treatment center in hopes of reaching at-risk youth in their prime.
I have made my mark by attaining numerous positions, from security to treatment to training, and received accolades in each. I have certifications such as Therapeutic Options of Virginia (TOVA) Instructor, CPR/First Aid Instructor, as well as being qualified to train in multiple different areas such as trauma-informed care, psychosocial rehabilitation, and verbal de-escalation.
My focus and passion is to be able to help others make connections between their emotions and body in order to make healthier, more mindful decisions.
My career began in 2005 with Wal-Mart in Farmville, Va. 5 years in numerous positions afforded me customer service and public relations skills.
2009, I switched gears to switch gears in the trucking industry where I interacted with people from all walks of life. I furthered my customer service experience by establishing long distance relationships, alertness and care for the safety of others in the environment, and care with transporting fragile items!
2011, I began in the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental services in an entry level position to monitor the daily movements of violent offenders, which shaped my environmental and situational awareness. I joined the Emergency Response Team there where my role changed to responding to emergencies and assessing critical or possibly violent situations upon arrival. As Field Training Officer I trained junior officers, sharing knowledge to improve performance across operations within the facility. With special training and recognition in crisis de-escalation and intervention I became an instructor of Therapeutic options of Virginia which carried over to the the Instructor position where I train staff to work with violent offenders in a secure setting with a focus on mental and behavioral health.