Raised by a single mother who worked two jobs to make ends meet, I knew early on that the value of hard work and determination equated to achieving one’s goals. I was taught that honesty and integrity are the foundations of a good character. And, my family emphasized the importance of helping those who lack the resources to help themselves.

The principles I was raised with followed me throughout my education and career. I put myself through undergraduate and graduate school by working two jobs at a time. During my academic pursuits, I exercised my passion in advocacy. I worked with the Catholic Charities Department for Persons with Disabilities, and with the National Consumer Voice for Long-Term Quality Care. However, it was the reinforcement of Christian values and public policy knowledge encompassed in my studies at Liberty University’s Graduate School that propelled me. Today, I volunteer with the National CASA Association as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children in foster care.