The CQI Mentorship Program

CQI Community Quality Improvement Professional Mentorship Program

The CQI Community Group is proud to launch the second pilot cohort of our Mentorship Program, a 6-month program pairing experienced quality improvement professionals from across the United States with those newer to the field. There will be a required virtual kickoff meeting in March of 2024 and the program will run from April through September. Mentorship pairs will meet at a minimum monthly during the 6-month program virtually or in-person. There will also be virtual mentee and mentor-only check-in times and an all cohort session during the program. The goal of the program is for participants to build mutually beneficial relationships that will strengthen skillsets and support career growth.

Key dates below:

  • Mentor and Mentee Application Opens: October 11 to December 31, 2023
  • Steering Committee Review: January 2024
  • Cohort announced and Mentor/Mentee assignments: February 2024
  • Program Kickoff: March 2024
  • Mentor and Mentee Group Check-ins: May 2024
  • Midpoint All Cohort Session: June or July 2024
  • Mentor and Mentee Group Check-ins: August 2024
  • Closing: September 2024

Please reach out to with any questions.

Apply to be a Mentor! [ Online Application - List of Questions (PDF) ]

Apply to be a Mentee! [ Online Application - List of Questions (PDF) ]

Carly Contri

Manager, Immunization Program Evaluation, American Academy of Pediatrics

Kristina Slacum Jones

Assistant Director of Quality, Thresholds

Melissa Villegas

Director of Evaluation and Quality Improvement, Jewish United Fund

Yolanda Green-Rogers

Senior Policy Analyst, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Thank you to our 2023 Mentors and Mentees

Abigail Eskenazi

Abigail (Abby) Eskenazi, MPP is the Home Visiting Quality Improvement Coordinator at the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF). Abby has engaged in the planning and implementation of home visiting continuous quality improvement (CQI) projects for over four years, focused on several topics including infant safe sleep, child development, and family engagement. Abby is trained as an Improvement Advisor through the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Breakthrough Series Collaborative. Prior to working at DCF, Abby managed a Head Start financial capability program and completed her master’s in public policy, with a focus on program evaluation, advanced statistics, and survey design in early childhood policy. In her spare time, Abby enjoys hiking, baking, and snuggling with her orange tabby cat, Gus.

Alison Wagner

Alison is the Director of Quality Improvement at UCAN, a large social service and child welfare agency in Chicago, IL. In this role, she partners with social service program leaders to meet best practice standards through program evaluation and data analysis. She leads UCAN’s team of Quality Improvement Specialists with expertise across all program areas along UCAN’s continuum of services and advocates for data-informed decision-making and implementation of program improvements. Alison lead UCAN’s improvement efforts toward recognition as a 2021 Change-Maker with the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s All Children – All Families project, which sets best practice standards for supporting LGBTQ+ youth, families, and foster parents navigating the child welfare system. She has experience in community mental health, residential treatment, foster care home study assessment, and research in community-based medical and mental health programs. Alison holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Arts degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice. She completed a post-master’s certificate in Program Evaluation through the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. Outside of work, Alison spends her free time travelling and hiking with her dog, Jenna.

Amy Strickler

Amy Strickler, Ph.D., is the Director of Organizational Performance at Pressley Ridge where she oversees the outcomes management and quality improvement process in the organization.  She also pursues a strong research agenda to advance knowledge and best practices in the mental and behavioral health field. She has over 15 years of experience conducting research and evaluation in the behavioral health field. Her publications focus on evaluating foster care pre-service trainings, reducing barriers to using data, and building working alliances.  She presents at national conferences each year on research, evaluation, and quality improvement projects.

Anita Larson

Anita Larson began her public service career in 1989 as a case worker for Hennepin County in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving low-income clients who were homeless, recently incarcerated, chemically dependent and having experienced multiple life traumas. Over the next 16 years Anita moved to training and supervision positions, working in different service areas, and earned her master’s degree in Health and Human Services Administration from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, eventually taking a position in Planning and Analysis. Subsequent opportunities centered on data use in measurement and evaluation as the amount of administrative data grew exponentially in all service sectors including child welfare, corrections, public health, and human services. These opportunities included the management of the Minn-LInK Project at the University of Minnesota and leading the construction of the federal, SLDS-funded Early Childhood Longitudinal Data System in the state of Minnesota. During this time, she also earned her doctorate in Public Administration from Hamline University in Minnesota. Her research, publications and presentations have revolved around the importance of data use, knowledge diffusion, and developing data literacy to improve outcomes, but more broadly on the essential value of inquiry – both quantitative and qualitative – to inform leadership, practice, and policy (both organizational and governmental) to provide the best possible human outcomes. Cultivating this intellectual curiosity, confidence, and the skills to engage in inquiry in practice is also a cornerstone of her teaching philosophy. In her most current position at Nexus Family Healing, she is dedicated to the diffusion of these values and practices to all staff in her support of its rapidly growing services.

Jamie Riojas

Jamie Riojas is the Director of Human Resources and Quality Improvement at EmberHope Youthville. EmberHope Youthville is a non-profit organization located in Newton, Kansas that provides Clinical, Foster Care, and Residential services for children and families. Jamie originally joined EmberHope Youthville in 2002, working case management. Jamie transitioned to the Quality Management Department in 2007 and has been involved in performance improvement positions ever since. After a brief hiatus working family preservation in the Quality Department at Saint Francis Ministries, she rejoined the agency in 2014. Jamie has held a variety of quality roles before being promoted to the Director of Human Resources and Quality Improvement in 2022 in effort to streamline processes for both clients served and employees. Jamie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Wichita State University.

Kyle Eaton

Kyle Eaton joined Meritan in October 2015 as the Strategic Information Improvement Analyst, bringing over a decade of government and nonprofit experience along with him. Since March 2017, Kyle has served as the Quality Improvement Officer. Kyle directs company wide compliance initiatives including quality assurance, incident management, and accreditations. He also chairs the Safety and Continuous Quality Improvement committees as well as managing the employment assistance program. Kyle earned his Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Memphis in 2006. In 2015 Kyle earned his Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Administration along with his Certificate in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Memphis. He is a member of the American Society for Public Administration, the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics, and the Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare. Kyle serves as the chairman for both the Leadership Germantown executive board and the Germantown Historic Commission. Kyle is a member of the Germantown Education Commission, the president of his HOA, a representative for the Shelby County Community Justice Panel, and a tnAchieves mentor. Kyle is a 2019 graduate of Leadership Germantown and is certified by Labor Relations Alternatives as a serious incident investigator. Kyle was recognized as one of the Memphis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in 2020 and received Germantown’s Jo Reed Community Service Award in 2022. In his free time Kyle enjoys spending time with his family, coaching his son’s baseball team, and cheering on the Atlanta Braves to another World Series title!

Martha Mann

Martha Mann is the Director of Strategic Performance at Maryville Academy. In her current role, she coordinates the Performance and Quality Improvement Activities for the Agency, participates in program compliance, best practices, and risk management activities, and facilitates the accreditation process through the Council on Accreditation. Her clinical and management experience are in child welfare, post-adoption services, and child development services. She has been employed with Maryville Academy since April 2022, but was the Senior Director of Performance and Quality Improvement at Catholic Charities for 6 years, and has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1999.

Rebecca Schedin

Rebecca (Becky) Schedin joined the University of Chicago in 2018 with an extensive background in quality improvement. She has worked as a senior administrator in social and health services over the past decade, partnering with leadership in order to shape strategic initiatives and meaningful outcomes measures, before stepping into a role of Operational Excellence (OE) Partner for the Biological Sciences Division in 2021. In this role, she works across multiple departments and teams to identify and facilitate collaborative improvement opportunities across the Biological Sciences Division. Becky is passionate about supporting and engaging teams and leveraging data to inform decision-making. Becky holds a master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration with a specialization in Health Services Policy from Northwestern University as well as bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Sociology from DePaul University.

Suellen Rizzo

In the corporate sector, Suellen had 15 years’ experience in a Fortune Global 500 company managing creative teams as an Operations Director, with a focus on process improvement, policy development, systems implementation, and performance measurement. Managing an international team provided her with a unique view of cultural considerations and differences, and she spent six months in Beijing establishing a creative team at the Asian regional headquarters. She was inspired to change careers after volunteering as guardian ad litem for children in foster care in Rhode Island, and received her MSW in 2017. Suellen now strives to bring private-sector processes, data analysis, and program evaluation methods to the child welfare world. She is currently a PQI Program Analyst at St. Mary’s Home for Children in Rhode Island, where she uses critical incident tracking, record audits, program evaluations, and outcomes research to analyze program quality and improvements. She is the Chair of the monthly PQI Committee at St. Mary’s responsible for tracking and analyzing all improvement projects at the agency. Suellen is a graduate of George Washington University, received a Master’s Degree in Psychology from George Mason University, and a M.S.W. degree from Rhode Island College.

Suzanne Robinson

For over four years Suzanne Robinson has been on the Quality Improvement team for the HART initiative with Heartland Human Care Services. In her most recent role as Project Manager for Quality Improvement and Outcomes, she focused on continuous improvement of data quality through learning facilitation, cross-teams collaboration, and fostering data ownership. Suzanne has recently stepped into the role of Director, Data Management and Performance Improvement with Heartland Human Care Services. Her graduate degree from University of Illinois at Chicago focused on measurement, evaluation, statistics, and assessment, which sparked her interest in the power of program evaluation to make meaningful change to improve program participants’ lives. Over the last 15 years, she has worked with data in many aspects, including creation of data collection tools, data system management and administration, creating data quality monitoring processes, developing system training curriculums, analysis, and program evaluation at a national level. Whenever she is not working on CQI, Suzanne can be found exploring museums with her family or attending Illinois CQI Community Group professional development webinars.

Vanessa Klodnick

Vanessa V. Klodnick, PhD, LCSW is the Director of Research & Innovation at Thresholds Youth & Young Adult Services (YAYAS), and Affiliate Research Faculty at the UT-Austin Texas Center for Excellence in Mental Health. Dr. Klodnick partners with agencies across the US to implement continuous quality improvement practices to better understand, improve, sustain and grow innovative, engaging and effective service models for adolescent and young adults with serious mental health needs, complex trauma histories, and current or former system involvement. Dr. Klodnick leads/co-leads several federal, state, and foundation-funded projects, trains providers and state systems, and contributes to both academic and practice literature. Dr. Klodnick earned her PhD at The University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy & Practice, her masters at UT-Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work and is a licensed clinical social worker in the State of Illinois. Check out YAYAS Research & Innovation, including a virtual service best-practice guide for organizations and practitioners. 

Wendy Patterson

Wendy Patterson has worked in Human Services for almost 25 years, with experience working with early childhood programs all the way to senior programming. She has a background in direct service but has primarily focused on administrative aspects for the past 14 years. Wendy currently works at Lutheran Family Services, which is a multi-service organization providing services across Nebraska and other Midwest locations, as the Assistant Vice President of Performance and Quality Improvement. She is passionate about work that assists in providing a strong foundation so that those providing direct service are supported through strong quality improvement processes. She has an educational background that includes a Master’s in Social Work, a Master’s in Public Administration, and a Doctorate of Education in Interdisciplinary Leadership. Wendy has been a volunteer with the Council on Accreditation (COA) for over 12 years and serves as a Peer Reviewer, Team Leader, and Commissioner. She enjoys the review process and seeing the great work that is occurring across the field. In her spare time, Wendy loves watching movies and traveling, and often combines the two passions by visiting film locations during her travels.

Yolanda Green-Rogers

Yolanda Green-Rogers is a Senior Policy Analyst at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Yolanda works with public and private social service agencies across the country on the implementation of continuous quality improvement (CQI) practices and protocols that support performance monitoring and decision-making. She conducts assessments of CQI processes, makes recommendations to leaders on using the CQI process to achieve priority outcomes and delivers training and coaching to increase staff capacity to implement CQI principles. Yolanda has also served as a Quality Assurance Specialist for federal Child and Family Services Reviews conducted by DHHS and teaches a graduate course on quality improvement in the social services at the University of Chicago’s Crown School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice. Yolanda holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Alexis Farr (Artner)

Alexis Farr (Artner) is a Continuous Quality Improvement Manager with 14 years experience in healthcare and human services fields. Her primary responsibilities include coordinating quality improvement (QI) efforts through development, implementation, education, collection, and analysis. Alexis Farr has been at Independence Health & Therapy for three years, with her focus this year on program improvement and software implementation. Alexis Farr has an analytical mind and excels in data analysis and project management. Alexis Farr's passions outside of the QI world include singing, cooking, and enjoying nature with family and friends. She unwinds by curling up on the couch with her dog Duke and a cup of tea or a glass of wine.

Autumn N. Crowe

Autumn N Crowe, MPH (she/her) is the Thresholds Youth & Young Adult Services (YAYAS) Research & Innovation Evaluation Specialist. Autumn joined YAYAS R&I in August 2021. Autumn earned a Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Community Health Research from Northwestern University. Autumn manages all YAYAS data, analysis, visualization, and reporting for YAYAS research, program evaluation, and quality improvement initiatives. She collaborates with the research and innovation team to develop and disseminate peer-reviewed journal articles, white papers, program-specific data reports, and QI dashboards. She is a staff champion for the YAYAS Young Adult Advisory Board, comprised of representatives across YAYAS programs who advise on YAYAS programming, research, evaluation, and innovation. Currently, Autumn is co-leading a young adult engaged evaluation project to identify young adults' experiences with programming as well as how young adults can take action to inform programmatic changes. Autumn is excited to participate in the CQI mentorship program and is looking forward to developing skills to advance her analytic toolbelt. Additionally, she is eager to learn how to be a champion for equity and inclusion in CQI processes at her organization.

Catherine Moe

Catherine Moe has many years of experience in social services and management in services for Older Adults and People with disabilities. She has an MSW and Masters in Public Administration, both from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. For the past 5 years, she has been with the Milwaukee County Aging and Disability Resource Center as the Quality Improvement Coordinator.

Christopher Pruitt

A Chicago native, for the past thirty years, Chris has worked in the State of Wisconsin as a licensed Social Worker in Child Protective Services (Rock Co DHS), Juvenile Justice (Columbia Co DHS) and program manager for a prominent residential treatment facility (Rawhide Youth Services). Following the completion of his graduate studies, Chris began his CQI journey in 2021. Chris was recently promoted to serve as the Quality and Improvement Manager at Rawhide where he oversees the organization’s PQI infrastructure as well as maintaining regulatory and compliance requirements with the Department of Children and Families, Department of Juvenile Correction and the Council on Accreditation. Chris earned his Bachelors in Social Worker Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (1991) and Master’s in Business Administration Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (2021). In his spare time, Chris is a professional photographer and enjoys everything related to the topic of coffee!

Elizabeth Cook

Elizabeth is the Director of Quality Improvement at Egyptian Health Department in Southeastern Illinois. She has a Masters in Business Administration from Murray State University and a Masters in Counseling from Missouri Baptist University. In her free time, Elizabeth coaches roller derby and loves to cook.

Elizabeth Teague

Liz received her Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs with High Distinction from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She received her Juris Doctorate from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Prior to joining Kids Above All, Liz was a practicing attorney in the area of family law. She represented clients in Cook and DuPage counties in divorce, post-decree, child support, custody, and adoption matters. Liz is also a trained Collaborative Law Attorney and a trained Mediator. Liz joined Kids Above All in 2016 as a Grants Manager, writing funding proposals and preparing reports for funders. In 2018, Liz was promoted to Director of Grants, managing the grants team and the preparation of all grant proposals and reporting. In 2021, Liz expanded her role, becoming the Director of Grants and Compliance and overseeing continuous quality improvement, as well as the grants program. In 2022, Liz’s position grew to include project management of the expansion of multiple programs, as well as ensuring forward movement on the strategic plan.

Fairleigh Barnes

Fairleigh was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. She now lives in Pittsburgh, PA and works as the Administrator of Data, Analytics, and Quality for Chartiers Center, a community behavioral health agency. She is passionate about improving behavioral health care access; empowering consumers to drive their own care; and whole person health that considers the unique individual, their community, and their society.

Hannah Miro

Hannah Miro (any/all pronouns) is the Community Impact Data and Knowledge Manager for the CS3 team at Illinois Action for Children. They are passionate about community and liberation for all people. Their career focus has been understanding systemic inequity through data analysis, with a specific focus on showcasing how structures of white supremacy and capitalism drain human potential. Hannah believes that data should be a communal resource building towards community data cooperatives. They love savory small plates, well-done documentaries, and hearing about your favorite conspiracy theories.

Jasmine Mobley

Compassion-driven advocate and dedicated team member with a demonstrated history of empowering a community one family at a time through a person-centered, strengths based, and holistic approach. It is her belief that as hope ignites in us, it rekindles connection to human-kind giving us the freedom to try again...just one more time.

Kelli Crawford

Kelli Crawford has spent her career entirely in the non-profit sector. She is the Continuous Quality Improvement Manager at Ready for School, Ready for Life – a backbone organization that is building a connected, innovative system of care for Guilford County, North Carolina’s youngest children and their families. Kelli leads Ready Ready’s efforts to provide CQI training and funding to programs serving families and children ages PN-8. When programs apply CQI methodologies, families benefit from increased access to higher quality services. Prior to her time at Ready Ready, Kelli was the Director of Impact for Junior Achievement of the Triad. She also worked at the Greensboro Science Center for a decade as the Volunteer Coordinator and Curator of Collections. Kelli is an advocate for lifelong learning and professional development and believes that learning amongst peers fosters the greatest breakthrough moments for personal and professional growth.

Lisa Lew

Lisa has dedicated her 30+ year career to working with and advocating for people with disabilities. With her broad knowledge base of issues impacting this community, she is excited about her newer role as Keshet’s first Director of Quality Assurance. In this role, Lisa ensures that programs are compliant with accreditations/licensures, the organization’s operations meet quality, integrity, and efficiency standards and she develops systems to sustain optimal delivery of services. Lisa is a Licensed Social Worker and has an Advanced Certification for Social Work Case Management. She is honored to have been selected to participate in the Quality Improvement Professional Mentoring Program.

Margaret Mosca

Maggie Mosca is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who holds her credential in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation. Maggie is the Associate Director of Operations for Caregiver Connections with Chaddock. In her role as Associate Director Maggie oversees the continuous quality assurance process to ensure compliance with contracts and the program plan by Caregiver Connections and its sub-contracting agencies. Maggie previously provided early childhood mental health consultation services and training to child care providers in the state of IL for over 10 years. Maggie is currently a registered facilitator in Circle of Security Parenting Model and has trained on a variety of topics surrounding social-emotional development, including, attachment, trauma, co-regulation and challenging behaviors. Maggie feels passionate about supporting the reflective capacity of early care and education professionals to meet the social emotional needs of children and families. Maggie has also served children aged birth to three as a therapist in Early Intervention.

Margarita Scouten

Margarita Scouten has 29 years of experience with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Ms. Scouten’s career with the agency has provided her with a comprehensive background in the delivery of family and child services with both a regional and statewide perspective. Her experience includes direct delivery, support, and managerial positions. After retirement in December of 2020, Ms. Scouten returned to DFPS as a Research Specialist with the Office of Data and Systems Improvement in November of 2021. Her experience, in combination with her deep creative drive and determination to see “the bigger picture” is a great fit for her new role with CQI. Ms. Scouten resides in Abilene, Texas where she directly works with regional Child Protective Investigation and Family Based Safety Service leadership and supports 60 counties.

Michelle Calvert

Michelle is the Quality Assessment Coordinator for Children’s Home Society of NC (CHS), a large statewide organization specializing in education and prevention programs, family preservation, and adoption and foster care. She originally joined CHS in 2011 as a Family Finding Specialist, and then spent several years helping to grow the training team before joining the Analytics and Quality Improvement team in early 2022. In her current role, she is responsible for reporting efforts across all programs, quality assessments, design and deployment of satisfaction surveys, and identifying issues of data quality. Michelle holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a focus on nonprofit management, and she earned the Project Management Professional certification in 2017. She recently joined the board for Camp to Belong, a nonprofit organization that provides summer camps and other events to reunite siblings separated by the foster care system. In her free time, Michelle enjoys traveling, camping, concerts, and being outdoors.

Naquanda Jordan

Naquanda has dedicated her child welfare career to focusing on changing the system to improve the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families in the state of New York. She holds almost 20 years of experience in the child welfare system. Her career includes serving in various child welfare positions at the private, local, and state levels. She has held professional titles of CPS Caseworker, Foster Care Caseworker, Juvenile Youth Counselor, Aftercare Juvenile Counselor, Children and Family Services Specialist 1, Child Abuse Prevention Specialist 1 & 2 and Child Welfare Regional Manager. For several years, Naquanda successfully managed a 9-county region where she was responsible for supervising the oversight, monitoring, and technical assistance provided to local districts of social services and voluntary agencies with a focus on Child Protective Services, Domestic Violence Prevention and Runaway and Homeless youth residential programs for the NYS Office of Children & Family Services. While employed with the state, she graduated from the NYS Supervisory and Leadership Institute. Currently, she’s employed with the Monroe County Department of Human Services as a Child Welfare Quality Assurance Division Manager. She oversees Child Welfare Quality Assurance and Continuous Quality Improvement. Naquanda earned a Master of Social Work from the University of Buffalo and a Bachelor of science in Criminal Justice from Buffalo State College. In addition to professional child welfare experience, she also has lived experience. She is a proud 2020 AdoptUSKids Minority Professional Leadership Development Program alumna, where she completed an action-research project to address and reduce Disparities in Child Welfare Mandated Reporting.

Remilekun Sonubi

Remilekun Sonubi is a Data Specialist at Conscience Community Network in Chicago, IL. Although she has always had an early passion for public service, her last position as a Program Specialist at Revolution Workshop truly sparked her interest in how data can push forth program policies to better serve people and create change. Remilekun obtained her B.A in Political Science from Northeastern Illinois University and has interned at U.S Senator Tammy Duckworth's Office and Chicago Transit Authority Headquarters. During her free time, Remilekun loves riding the city bike on the lakefront trail, as well as reading and writing. One of her favorite motto is to "Always move forward."

Russell Pagano

Russell Pagano is a nonprofit professional driven by research and data to achieve social impact. Currently, they are the Manager of Program Evaluation at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, where they lead quarterly Continuous Quality Improvement and evaluation efforts, culminating in an annual report. Russell has worked as a part of improvement teams and performed data analysis and reporting in previous roles at UChicago and the Network for College Success. Russell holds a Master's of Nonprofit Management from the University of Chicago and is a Certified Data Analyst with R ( In their free time, Russell enjoys watching RuPaul's Drag Race and baking with their 6-year-old daughter. You might see Russell in an empty lot in Logan Square trying to learn how to longboard in the warmer months.

Stacy Craft

Stacy is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has been working in the field of child welfare for over 20 years. Her previous experience involves working in Residential Treatment as a therapist and Associate Director over programming. Beginning in December 2020, she transitioned to the University of Illinois, School of Social Work as an Implementation Support Specialist for the Family First program in the state of Illinois. This involved working with contracted child welfare providers implementing Family First treatment models. She is currently the Family First Continuous Quality Improvement Manager. This position requires monthly data collection and analysis to make determinations on the future programming and goals for Family First.

Tara Helfrich

Tara Helfrich is currently the CQI coordinator for Nexus-PATH Family Healing, which is located throughout the state of North Dakota. Nexus-PATH has a variety of programs which includes but is not limited to; foster care, independent living services and community-based services. She grew up in Mandan, North Dakota which is in the central part of the state. She attended North Dakota State University and Minot State University where she double majored in human development and family science (HDFS) and social work with a minor in psychology. The HDFS degree came from NDSU and the social work from Minot State. This is a dual program located on the campus of NDSU. She then obtained by LBSW. The summer of 2018, right after she graduated from college, she moved to Washington D.C. for a summer internship where she worked under Senator Heidi Heitkamp. After the internship was over, she moved back to North Dakota and applied for a social work position at Nexus-PATH. She worked as a treatment foster care worker in the Bismarck office for just under 4 years until transitioning to her current position in May of this year. In 2020, she started her master's program and in May of 2022, she graduated from Western New Mexico University with a master's in social work. In October of this year, she took and passed her LMSW exam. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, boyfriend and friends. In the summer of 2020, she purchased her first house and have been slowly making it her own, taking on new projects. She loves to travel and am always planning her next trip!