Education & Training

Certifications:
 CHESNational Commission for Health Education Credentialing (Whitehall, PA)
Certification as a Health Education Specialist after completion of an academic program in the health education field and passage of a credentialing exam administered by NCHEC. Recertification in April 2016.
May 2011
 CDDONA International (Denver, CO)
Certification as a Birth Doula after completion of an 18-hour training program, required reading, and satisfactory attendance at three births.
in process

Academic Education:
MSWJane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Social Work, with a Concentration in Community Health and Urban Development

Recipient of the Dean's Award, for students in excellent academic standing

Coursework in Social Policy; Policy Implementation and Evaluation; Empowerment Practice (Individual, Group, and Community); Community Mobilization and Advocacy; and Social Work with LGBTQ Communities
May 2011
MPHGillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, NC)
Health Behavior and Health Education

Recipient of the Lucy Morgan Fellowship Award, for three students who exhibit academic excellence, integrity, and a commitment to health education

Master's Project: Creating Safer Communities: An Inventory and Analysis of Sexual Assault Policies, Protocols, and Programming at North Carolina's Colleges and Universities (Advisor: Beth Moracco, PhD)

Coursework in Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods; Intervention Assessment, Implementation, Evaluation, and Dissemination; Biostatistics; Epidemiology; Health Policy; Environmental Health; and Health Behavior Theory
May 2010
Graduate CertificateSchool of Social Work, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, NC)
Nonprofit Leadership

Coursework in Nonprofit Management; Fundraising; Marketing; Financial Management; and Nonprofit Law
May 2010
BSWSchool of Health and Human Services, Nazareth College of Rochester (Rochester, NY)
Social Work, with a minor in Pre-Law
Graduated Magna Cum Laude
Passage of Senior Comprehensive Exam with Honors

Recipient of the Founders Scholarship and the Campus Diversity Scholarship, awarded to incoming first year students who possess an excellent academic record (Founders) and represent family backgrounds or life experiences atypical of the undergraduate student body (Campus Diversity)

Coursework in Individual, Family, Group, and Community Social Work Practice; Human Behavior; Social Policy; Legislative Advocacy; Constitutional Law; Business Law; Social Issues; the Criminal Justice System; Human Biology; and Statistics
May 2004