There is a quote by Bill Bennot that says, “how we walk with the broken speaks louder than how we walk with the great.” I experienced my qualifiers for that brokenness early in my life through my own mental health struggles, including anorexia and alcohol abuse. A registered nurse was instrumental in guiding me along the path toward recovery and how she and others walked with me spoke loudly into my life. As a result, I studied nursing at Texas Christian University and incorporated an independent study program focused on psychiatric nursing. Upon graduating with my Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in 1996, I became a registered nurse.
I have been on staff at inpatient and outpatient psychiatric facilities, worked in the capacity of charge nurse, and done assessments for patients that come to the local emergency rooms with mental health issues. In addition, I am a speaker and writer that combines my professional and personal experiences to inspire and inform others about the importance of caring for our own mental health and that of our community.
In 2016, I co-founded Mosaics of Mercy and now serve as Executive Director. I host our Hope Pieced Together podcast that is released weekly to provide education and hope to this community and even beyond those boundaries. I believe passionately in helping others connect to resources, education, and stories of hope to help them in their struggle around mental health. Families have to know where to start to get on a path toward healing and they need a non-judgemental, neutral place to guide them in that effort.
My most important role in life is being a wife to Chris, my husband for over 25 years, and mom to two amazing kiddos, Alison and Clay. I am so blessed to have each of them share their own hearts and talents to support Mosaics of Mercy.
For more of my story read here.