Connection inspires me daily. Parents trust me to listen without judgment and show empathy for whatever they are facing in their family. I understand their desire to improve their interactions and relationships with their children, and I believe ordinary moments provide an opportunity for meaningful connection. It is rewarding to help parents tap into their strengths, practice new approaches, and create positive change.
I began my career teaching students with learning disabilities and behavior disorders. Upon completing my masters degree, I moved from the classroom to the guidance counseling office, helping students navigate high school and plan their next steps. I saw first-hand how impactful parents and the home environment were on my students. When I became a mother in 1992, I shifted my career focus from high schoolers to parents. I spent 15 years as Parent Counselor and Program Director at Tuesday's Child, a non-profit agency in Chicago which provides education and support for parents of children with behavioral or developmental challenges.
My passion for supporting parents led me to the Parent Coaching Institute, founded by Gloria DeGaetano. I received my Parent Coach Certification® through the PCI in affiliation with Seattle Pacific University. I completed instructor training and certification through Action for Children to teach The Art of Positive Parenting, in 2010. I have a Masters of Education in School Counseling from Loyola University of Chicago and Bachelor of Science in Special Education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
My husband and I are the parents of three beautifully imperfect sons who have been my best teachers. We have lived in Wilmette, a suburb of Chicago for over twenty years. I enjoy traveling, yoga, paddle boarding, and spending time with family and friends.