I fell in love with working for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities in 1988 when I was hired to work in a residential facility that was next door to my sorority house. Upon graduating MU with a BA degree in Psychology in 1991, I began working in multiple facets of the human services field as a professional. In 1998 I obtained my MA in Counseling and Rehabilitation from MU and have continued to work in this field specializing in serving individuals with significant maladaptive behavioral difficulties and also individuals requiring adaptations for them to obtain independence. In 2003 I made the decision to further my education and pursue my desire to become a nurse. Upon completion of my third semester of school I gave birth to our fourth child, Ian. The pursuit of diagnosis and treatment of our Ian ended my nursing career but my medical knowledge helped us find the correct services, correct diagnosticians and fantastic treatment for our child. Our Ian was diagnosed with both a Mitochondrial Disease but also Autism and an intellectual disability. He was blessed with fantastic WV Birth-to-3 providers but also became a participant in Title XIX Waiver ID/DD Program at the age of 3. I am blessed to say I have worked in various roles at Starlight Behavioral Health for many years. I have been serving as a Positive Behavior Support Professional with Title XIX Waiver for the past year and love serving both participants who live in natural families and individuals who live in their own homes with 24 hour support.  My creativity and friendly persistence has proven beneficial in the support of individuals to obtain resources or supports that folks need but also to assist them in acquiring skill acquisition and independence.  I thoroughly enjoy and have experience in successful and meaningful transitioning from school-aged child to further education or life-goals into meaningful adulthood.  It is my sincerest desire to help all individuals purse their goals and dreams and achieve independence.