I enjoy working with diverse groups of coaching clients and organizations to navigate issues such as change management, diversity, equity, & inclusion, leadership development and executive transitions. Before Soar Strategies launched in the summer of 2017, I worked as the executive director of EverThrive Illinois for 6+ years, where I helped double its revenue, oversaw an organizational rebrand, and strengthen its private/public partnerships.
I loved being an executive director. I got to work on policies that mattered to the lives of women, children, and families; work with an amazing staff and Board; and develop my leadership skills. I still collaborate with many colleagues I met from that experience today! When I left, I realized that I wanted to make a larger impact–I wanted to touch individuals and teams from multiple organizations, not just one. My goal has always been to nurture, support, and advise fellow leaders; I’d like to leave the world a little better than I found it.
I am a self-described science nerd—I enjoy the academic environment and am a maternal and child health (MCH) practitioner by training. I recently completed my PhD in maternal and child health methods, programs, and policies at UIC – my dissertation focused on stress measurement and the development of a revised stressful life events scale, for use with a middle/upper income perinatal population. I also hold a BS in Biology from Georgetown University, and a MPH from Boston University. Currently, I teach a Maternal and Child Health Policy and Advocacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Public Health (UIC).