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Community Connection

Helping individuals and communities heal from personal and collective trauma is at the heart of what I do. I've been honored to participate in a variety of volunteer initiatives throughout my career, and it is one of my greatest joys.


2016-present: SEI- Teaching Assistant Trauma Trainings (domestic and international)

Providing assistance is setting up venues for SE trainings, Providing support to teacher and students, Providing Teaching Assistance is small groups/triad groups, helping to further understand and deepening the material being presented. I've volunteered in many states across the US, as well as in South Korea, Japan and Canada.

2022: MathMoms - Assisting a Community Trauma Training for Math Moms in Capetown, South Africa

Creating a safe space where children come to learn math and leave having learned much more. To accompany the women on a journey of self-discovery in which they get to know their own gifts and strengths so that they can take the next step into the future.

Learner by learner, school by school, community by community, we will improve math results, resulting in an improved economy.

We will employ the nurturing power of motherly love to find and empower:

- Retired teachers who love math to be mentors.

- Mothers who create a safe place where children can become confident in maths and much more.

- Educators with whom to collaborate.

- Friends who will support our efforts.

MathMoms Is a women’s initiative, powered by motherly love that builds confident communities – one maths empowered child at a time. The purpose of MathMoms is to contribute to quality education, with the focus on math, for foundation phase learners in previously disadvantaged schools.


2011: Buds to Blossoms


Through our Pediatric Massage Volunteer Program, Buds to Blossoms brings international teams of volunteers to Kathmandu, Nepal and Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon), Vietnam several times a year. There the volunteers provide pediatric massage and other forms of bodywork to AIDS orphans, children affected by HIV/AIDS, orphans with disabilities, and other disadvantaged children.

2006: Stand Down event, Northern CA Veterans Administration

Stand Downs are typically one- to three-day events during which VA staff and volunteers provide food, clothing and health screenings to homeless and at-risk Veterans. In addition, Veterans also receive referrals for health care, housing solutions, employment, substance use treatment, mental health counseling and other essential services.