I was born and raised in Stone Mountain, GA, just outside of Atlanta. I am the oldest of three, all of whom were raised by the two most loving & patient individuals this side of Texas. After graduating from Parkview High School, I found my inner-Eagle and began to soar academically at Georgia Southern University. While in the 'Boro, I earned a B.S. in Public Relations and a minor in Spanish. I married my college sweetheart, Chris (who I actually met in high school), and we managed to grow our little family in 2009 with the addition of our daughter, Emerson, and Izzy B. Foster, (our spoiled Labradoodle) in 2015. Version 1.0 of my career was mostly spent serving in higher education. From an economic development intern at DeKalb Technical College to the Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving at Perimeter College of Georgia State University, I was blessed to work with and learn from some of the industry's most talented professionals, many of whom I am lucky to call - friend. In 2016, exactly 20 years to the month after I started college the first time, I began my journey into social work. I graduated from Georgia State University's MSW program in May 2019 and obtained my LMSW designation in October.
I am still Chris' wife, I am still Emerson's & Izzy's mom; both of which are my most important roles. I still call Georgia (Marietta to be exact) my home. However, I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to use my unique gifts and talents in a whole new light! Version 2.0 of my career is really more than just a career. It is my life's purpose and an opportunity for me to use the collective education and experiences I have gained throughout my journey to serve my clients. When I am not laboring out of love for the aforementioned, I am usually watching my daughter do her thing on the softball field, making Aunt Misty's homemade salsa, or trying to figure out a way to smuggle my neighbor's new Labradoodle puppy into my house without them noticing.
I founded Fostering Success, LLC out of a desire to have the creative freedom to take my passions, experiences, and lessons learned (often the hard way) and utilize them in service to those around me. I have a lot of ideas about how my vision could manifest itself in support of individuals, families, and communities, but for now, I feel God has placed a few meaningful assignments on my plate which are:
- training parents how to have "the talks" with their children
- advocating with and for non- or minimally-speaking autistics who spell/type-to-communicate
- consulting with individuals or groups