Young Adult Program Director, Lamoille Restorative Center
I grew up in Massachusetts and joined the US Navy directly out of high school. After six years of active duty, I returned to Massachusetts to attend UMass Lowell where I enrolled in the civil engineering program. After 6 months at UMass, I left school and moved to Vermont. During my first year in Vermont, I worked as a satellite installation tech and line cook before finding my passion for working with people while attending Woodbury College. In 2001 I graduated Woodbury College with an Associate’s degree in Prevention and Community Development. In 2003 I graduate from Goddard College with my Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies focusing on Experiential Education. I started working at Lamoille County Court Diversion Restorative Justice Programs, Inc (LCCDRJP) in 2002 in the Balanced and Restorative Justice Programs (BARJ). My role at that time was to work specifically with young people who were in DCF custody and on probation. Also in 2002 I enlisted in the Vermont Army National Guard. In 2004, while still working at LCCDRJP, I deployed with VTANG to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After returning from deployment in 2006, I rejoined LCCDRJP and over the next several years I have worked in almost every one of the 11 programs in the agency. In 2008 I enrolled in a graduate program at Union Institute and University, and in 2011 I graduate with a Master’s Degree in Ethical Leadership. Also in 2011, I was formally introduced to Dialogue Education. Since that time, I have found ways to apply DE in most areas of my work and most notably is my work with Diversion’s Teaching and Coaching Team (TACT).