My B.A. in Communications provided the foundation for my professional opportunities starting with Intern in radio, Account Executive for both magazine and healthcare companies, and Account Manager and Web Designer in the 2nd largest (at that time) independent direct marketing agency in the United States. I learned much from these experiences: the importance of hard work and initiative, encouragement and support, details and honesty.
As my family grew, I stayed home, and after a few years I started working in the fitness and wellness industry as a Group Exercise Instructor, Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness and Wellness Specialist, and Corporate Fitness Manager.
To enhance my professional portfolio, I added my Accredited Certified Professional Life Coaching Certification (including: Mindfulness, Happiness, REBT (Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapeutic Tool), CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapeutic Tool) and Law of Attraction Certifications (Transformation Academy), Meditation and Mindfulness Practitioner/Teacher Certification (SCW, The Priority Academy with Graham Nicholls & the highly renowned Davidji Workshops), and became a Mental Health First Aider (MHFA). I am now actively pursuing CPD (Continuing Professional Development) courses in Life Coaching. I love to always be learning and filling my life bucket with new and advanced knowledge!
Currently, while running The Shine Center business, I am also a Collegiate Academic Advisor and Coach for the University of Delaware and serve as a Life Coach for CareBridge EAP (Employee Assistance Program).
I am honored to say as of December 2023, I have over 500 hours of Life Coaching experience.
When I am free, I enjoy being with my husband and two sons and my family. Trips to the beach, being in nature and breathing in that fresh air, and walking my dog are also some of my favorite pastimes. Of course handing out my 'I Appreciate You' stickers gives me so much pleasure.
In honor and memory of my mother-in-law, Joanne, an organization I proudly advocate and support is AFSP - The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention as well as NAMI.
I consider myself to be very human in that I have felt dark days, trauma, hardships, and riding the "roller coaster" of life. From these experiences, I learned that being as authentic and vulnerable as I can IS my best version of myself. The best thing I can do each and every day is give the most authentic version of myself.