I am on a mission to assist and encourage individuals to create awareness, increase collaboration, cultivate learning, and reach their goals with greater efficiency and clarity. This desire to unify, lift up, and nurture one family, one person, at a time led to the creation of Lumina. 

Background

My journey has led me from my small town Kansas roots to the Twin Cities and back again.  Since graduating in 2011 from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN with a B.A. in Psychology and Family Studies, I have had an array of employment experiences supporting individuals with unique needs.  

Through all of my career opportunities, I have learned the most, no doubt, from my little sister, Kimber. Kimber's example of joy and fortitude has impacted me tremendously in the way I live my life. Kimber has needs that require support in a variety of ways.  By being present in her life I have not only been a witness - but a key player - in advocating for her goals, health, independence, and happiness. Due to this familial connection, I have a front-row seat in understanding just how overwhelming and exhausting the coordination of care for a loved one can be; especially within the framework of the current disability service models.

Experience & Education

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of St. Thomas - Minnesota 2011

Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE) - Basic Employment Certificate 2014 

Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) 2016

Associate Certified Coach, International Coach Federation 2017

KS Chapter Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst (APSE) Board Member 2016-Present

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Americorps MN Reading Corps -Reading Specialist 2011-2012

Special Education Paraprofessional - Nova Classical Academy 2012-2014

Career Consultant - Kaposia, Inc 2014-2016

Lumina, LLC Business Owner/Job Developer 2016-Present 

 

  Collaboration  and unity happens when people care about the common goal and their teammates.    Empathy  is valuing another's perspective and becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.    Faith  means placing my hope in something much, much bigger than me.  "I can do all things in him who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13.   Resilience   is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulty and rise stronger than before. I will be an extension of this hope and optimism.    Unconditional High Regard  is the deep-seated belief that each person I encounter has untold potential. I will  honor him/her as an utterly unique human being who need not earn, nor beg, for my respect. Each individual will be loved and respected simply because he or she has been created in the image and likeness of God. 

Collaboration and unity happens when people care about the common goal and their teammates. 

Empathy is valuing another's perspective and becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.
 
Faith means placing my hope in something much, much bigger than me.  "I can do all things in him who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13.

Resilience  is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulty and rise stronger than before. I will be an extension of this hope and optimism. 

Unconditional High Regard is the deep-seated belief that each person I encounter has untold potential. I will  honor him/her as an utterly unique human being who need not earn, nor beg, for my respect. Each individual will be loved and respected simply because he or she has been created in the image and likeness of God. 

Lumina is guided by the following Ten Principles.  It is my commitment to myself, my clients, and every person I interact with to let these ideas illuminate my work, decisions, and actions. 

  1. Always Strengths-Based
  2. Live Each Day in Gratitude
  3. High(er) Expectations
  4. Be The Best Version of Yourself
  5. Customized and Individualized
  6. Create a Meaningful Space for Exploration
  7. Make Wellness A Priority
  8. Be A Leader
  9. Never Stop Learning
  10. Celebrate!

I would love to have a conversation about what each of these means to me personally, and what they can mean for you and your partnership with Lumina.  

Call or email today to set up your complimentary 60 minute introductory meeting!