What is your role and function at WPS?
My role as an Assessment Consultant is to be a resource for the various disciplines that serve children and adults in areas where focused assessment and intervention planning are a part of a comprehensive plan. Consultation and training are my main responsibilities.
What issues or needs are you an advocate for inside the company?
The WPS high standards for quality and customer service.
How long have you been at WPS?
I joined WPS in late June of 2015.
Where are you from? Where did you grow up?
I was born, and grew up in, the state of Indiana. As an adult, I’ve lived in the South and West, but have kept returning to the Hoosier state.
What are three personal things about you people probably wouldn't know?
I love the mountains and the ocean. Hiking and snorkeling are two of my favorite activities. I have had some challenging experiences while traveling in Europe with my son (ask me about Prague sometime!) My parents taught my brother & sister and I to be mindful of the needs of others and to act when opportunities to give back present.
What's a big obstacle you've had to overcome in your life or career?
The death of my parents in fairly close succession to each other was a huge challenge for me. Successfully navigating across the void their absence created in my life was only possible because of my siblings.
What is your personal connection to the WPS mission?
In grade school I saw a movie about a psychologist doing an evaluation with a child exhibiting symptoms similar to what we now would likely refer to as an Autism Spectrum Disorder, and I remember saying “that is what I’m going to do when I grow up”. I have enjoyed a career with assessment and intervention at the core, and understand the choices clinicians and educators face when choosing, using, and interpreting the information gathered from assessment tools. At WPS, there is an understanding of these challenges, a commitment to the families served by our products, and a collective insistence on providing quality customer service.
What is your educational background?
My PhD is in School Psychology from Ball State University in Indiana. My specialization areas were Neuropsychology and Developmental Psychology.
What is something you are currently studying or learning?
I am excited about a new facility being built in my neighborhood that plans to offer classes in Tai Chi. I’m hoping to make this a regular part of my week.
What do you enjoy most about working at WPS?
WPS actions their core values – that makes my job a pleasure.
What did you used to do before WPS?
I have worked in school districts and in several types of clinical environments. At various times, and sometimes at the same time, I’ve functioned as a residential manager, a school psychology administrator, a school psychology practitioner, a consultant, a university instructor, and developer of medical education programs.
Where can we contact you?
You can email me here