I’m originally from Memphis and I graduated from Central High School in 1995. Immediately, I enlisted into the United States Air Force and was stationed at Travis AFB, CA. I was there for three years and then returned to Memphis in 1998. I joined the Air National Guard and worked as a logistics specialist, recruiter, human resource specialist and training and development manager. Presently, I’m serving as a Master Sergeant (E-7) and handling wing training management and development, Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) advisement and a couple other programs and special projects.
I am remarried to my magnificent husband of two years, and combined, we have three children: aged 14, 13 and 11, and three dogs. I have a background in career development, and was trying to figure out how to use my talent in a very impactful way. I’m a member of Hope Church and I remembered that Oasis of Hope is a non-profit affiliate. It offers holistic services for poverty liberation. I felt like Oasis of Hope was the organization that could possibly use my help. I contacted Terry and asked if I could create a career counseling program for the neighborhood adults. I wanted to begin honing my skills more towards occupational development of impoverished families. Terry helped set everything up and I started seeing clients on my off days.
When I found out that Oasis had an opening, I knew I had to apply for the job. I realized that God had meticulously developed my career, so that I could use my experience for developing the careers of others. I plan to offer career development and mental health services to low income families. My immediate goals are to gain a MSSW in Social Work and become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Also, I will seek a designation in career development. We must encourage a healthy relationship with our neighbors, by assisting them in self-sustainment. My prayer is that we decrease dependency, and provide support during the transformative process.