Accomplished MSW earning a graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration presents with over ten+ years case management and crisis intervention experience alongside 5+ years experience in business management, supervision and training. Leading through example and participative collaboration, brings forth maturity, clinical knowledge, and solid judgment skills. Endorsed for naturally connecting with people of all types, creating safe environments and amplifying consumer voice. Known for having the wherewithal to get things done well amidst stressful environments, and for effectively managing crises with "efficiency, humility and grace."
CEO of a small event production company supporting area nonprofits in achieving their fundraising and public awareness goals via custom festivals, concerts and events of all size and type.
Working to effectively create memorable and meaningful moments designed to promote positive brand image and empower people to action.
Provide further support of nonprofits by producing transferable events that can eventually be taken over in-house, if desired.
Creator and producer of Colorado Ability Festival (2017), a festival aimed at empowering persons with disabilities and educating the public.
Recruits, trains and manages contracted staff and volunteers.
Appointed advisor to City Council on issues regarding persons with disabilities of all types.
Actively advocated for citizens rights and served to educate the Mayor and Council on relevant issues, and to ensure ADA compliance.
Served as Event Coordinator for the Annual Community Recognition/Mayoral Awards 2015-2020.
Effectively managed caseload of 80+ consumers with disabilities from intake assessment to closure via provision of case management services, individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, advocacy, resource referral and more.
Effectively helped consumers acquire housing, employment, SSI/SSDI, continued education, apply for public assistance and more.
Professionally trained and supervised CSU Social Work interns at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Created/Produced DRS Grass Roots Fest (2012), a downtown parade and music festival for people with disabilities that was third of its kind in the nation and fourth in the world at the time. Featuring keynote Temple Grandin, three bands, belly dancers, drummers, and an activist parade, it profited in its first year.
Created/Produced CSU Disability Pride Festival (2013), another fundraising event aimed at empowering persons with disabilities and which featured Denver's Flobots, three other bands and a two mile parade down College Avenue.
Launched and co-facilitated DRS's first Women's Empowerment (WE) group (2014).
Served as legal representative and advocate for SSI/SSDI cases from application to hearing before an administrate law judge, winning over ninety percent of cases from 2012-2014.
Transitioned nursing home clients to independent living via Colorado Choice Transitions (CCT) program.
Taught about disability at CSU and spoke at public events when asked.
Served as the voice of the agency in media relations. This included participating in several radio interviews and commercial advertising spots.
Helped create an informative and educational commercial video presentation used to represent agency.
Assisted in WineFest, DRS's chief fundraiser.
Served as financial trustee for the agency.
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