I am married to the love of my life and best friend Todd and we have two wonderful children - Cassie and Eli. We moved to the 5th ward in 2013 from Voorhees, N.J. where my husband grew up. I was raised in the historic section of Philadelphia with my two older brothers. My Dad was a teacher in the Philadelphia School System. My Mom was a professional gourmet chef at the Garden Restaurant and is also an artist. She still lives in the house where I grew up. I was raised in a home where we were exposed to diversity of thought, culture and ideas and where we spent a lot of time enjoying city life balanced with memorable outdoor excursions and adventures.
I graduated from Wyncote Academy in Jenkintown, earned an Associates Degree in Photography and an undergraduate degree in Psychology at Monmouth University. After graduation I worked at the Diagnostic Rehabilitation Center (DRC) in Philadelphia helping community members deal with drug, alcohol and mental health challenges. I received a Masters In Clinical Social Work at Temple University full time at night. After graduate school, I worked with dually diagnosed patients. The dually-diagnosed population has a co-exsiting mental health and drug and alcohol diagnoses.
I worked in both a locked down inpatient facility, and as the Team Leader in a partial hospital day program.
After our daughter was born, I stopped working outside the home and have spent my time volunteering at both kids' schools and being politically active on a local and national level. I have also published political articles as a freelance journalist and am in the process of co-authoring a book about cyberstalking and survival.
Our family loves living in Haverford and are aware of how just lucky are we to reside in such a diverse and inclusive community with a wonderful school district.