Resume

EDUCATION

  • M.A., National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland 2016
    • Gender, Globalization, and Human Rights, focus on the Human Right to Education
  • Study Abroad, United Nations, Switzerland 2016
    • Attended 64th session of CEDAW review of Turkey and collaborated with Committee on concluding observations. Attended Graduate Institute of Geneva.
  • B.S., University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, USA 2010
    • Double major in Psychology and Human Development with focus on bridging the achievement gap for first generation college students

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Green Bay Area Public Schools District, Community Schools Resource Coordinator, Green Bay, WI, June 2019-Present
  • Directed the strategy for the school district’s first-ever Community School
  • Developed pathways toward equity and justice for all students
  • Organized a grant funded weekend meal bags over 9 weeks to serve 750 families weekly
  • Built partnerships with health care professionals to create school-based vision program that served 93 elementary students and provided 109 pairs of glasses and 60 vision appointments in 2019-20
  • Coordinated community volunteers and developed 5 routes that delivered meals to students during virtual learning. Served 2,355 meals over 8 weeks to 35 families.
  • Served 16 high needs elementary schools in collaboration with St. Norbert College to provide 1,260 monthly snack bags to assist students in virtual learning
  • Led cultural responsiveness work that infused representative and diverse textbooks and picture books into 18 classrooms
St. Norbert College, Assistant Director, De Pere, WI, USA/Guatemala, July 2017-June 2019
  • Planned and led the fall semester of academic and service learning experiences
  • Taught human rights principles and led academic discussions on human rights, race, poverty, social policies, history and indigenous rights
  • Managed relationships with diverse partner organizations, locally and globally
  • Collected, interpreted and presented retention and program evaluation data
  • Advised, advocated and mentored 40+ college students
  • Oversaw and supervised development of 5 student employees
United ReSisters, Founder, Green Bay, WI, USA, April 2017-Present
  • Designed and implemented a capacity building group to address the growing presence of female refugee youth in the community
  • Recipient of three grants ($1,500, $2,000 and $10,770) to support projects for the group
  • Specialized in building opportunities for the youth to gain exposure to the wider community through volunteering, artwork and storytelling.
  • In June 2019, published a book documenting the group’s experiences as refugees, stories of resilience, and a celebration of homelands
  • www.unitedresisters.com
I AM YOU, Youth Education and Access Researcher, Chalkida, Greece, 2016-2017
  • Managed field staff and education projects, included volunteer schedules, programming, and coordinating with NGO’s and other clusters to serve the camp’s 700+ residents
  • Conducted research and produced a working piece on the pathways to higher education for Syrian refugees in Greece seeking re-location in the EU
  • Developed, coordinated and built the first youth program in camp dedicated to providing education opportunities and mentorship to those 15-24 years old, taught English, life skills and provided recreational activities
Centre for Global Women’s Studies, Galway, Ireland, 2015-2016
  • Coordinated advocacy project during Refugee Awareness Week on the dangerous journey and camp settings in Europe for educational purposes with 300 middle schoolers
  • Led a research project on the centre’s service-learning program and prepared and presented results at the International Association of Service Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) European Union Conference
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Student Specialist II, Green Bay, WI, USA, 2011-2015
  • Managed external affairs and inquiries, held daily advising meetings regarding financial aid, scholarships, and student employment opportunities
  • Developed scholarship dollars as a tool for recruitment
  • Conducted outreach and acted as office liaison for public speaking events on financial aid process, college affordability, freshmen orientation presentations
  • Built and fostered relationships with implementing partners on Federal Work Study Grant

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Impact Initiative Councilmember, Brown County United Way, June 2020-Present
  • Our goal is to improve neighborhood cohesion, growth, and strength through research, evidence-based solutions, community partnership, and voices of residents.
Digital Access Team Member, Achieve Brown County, April 2020-Present
  • The team is focused on providing opportunities for K-12 students as well as post-secondary students to connect with internet-enabled devices as well as adequate internet access. 
Foster Family, Lucky 7 Dog Rescue, August 2020-Present

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Cultural Responsiveness Focus on Culture Unit, Dr. Sharroky Hollie, 2020
  • Creating Trauma Sensitive Schools, Attachment and Trauma Network, 2020
  • York University, Centre for Refugee Studies, 2018 Intensive summer institute on Forced Migration and Refugee Rights covering legal approaches, UNHCR and international refugee regime, protracted refugee situations, education in extended exile, refugee resettlement policy, and health and refugees.
  • Community-Engaged Faculty Learning Community, 2018 Monthly trainings covering best practices in experiential education and service learning in higher education
  • Red Cross, 2018 Certified in Mental Health First Aid and CPR
  • Native Health Initiative, 2018 Community asset mapping training
  • Save the Children, 2016 Child Protection in Emergencies

TITLES & RECOGNITIONS

  • Outstanding Recent Alumni Award, 2020 University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
  • Keynote Speaker, 2018 Refugee Awareness Conference and book discussion for Alan Gratz’s book Refugee
  • Contributing Author, 2018 Published chapter for Journey to Refuge: Understanding the Refugee, Exploring Trauma, and Best Practices for Newcomers and Schools, Edited by Trina Harlow
  • Advisor, 2017-2018 Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice and Public Understanding
  • Presenter, Green Bay Area Public Schools, 2017-2018
  • Development Officer, From Ritsona with Love, 2017-2018
  • Conference Presenter, IARSLCE, 2016 Presented a new perspective to current literature on service-learning that explored feminist and human rights approaches to learning
  • Green Bay Packaging Volunteer of the Year in Education, Runner-up, 2013
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