Curriculum Vita

Most of my adult life has been marching to the drum of survival, dedicated to hard work, embracing service as a value that opens up the best of what humanity has to offer, and working within the field hospitality, holding to the philosophy of that field as a vehicle with which to express that value. As a full time working adult, I have also been actively engaging in an education that furthers that focus and ethic in a more direct and meaningful way.

My life and rise as a restaurant worker has taught me many lessons. It has given me the ability to keep a cool head in chaotic, and sometimes traumatic situations, the opportunity to work as a personnel development leader, to take on the responsibility of leadership, to understand the complex nature of formal systems, to learn to multi-task in mission critical situations, work as a dispute resolution agent, and interface with with the public with a calm and casual demeanor during times of particular intensity. These skills have carried over to help shape whom I have become, and have been of great use across the other domains of my life. Undoubtedly they can be an asset to my career as a social worker, and I look forward to further developing my personal skill set as I fine tuning them to better fit my formal social work training and skills.

Eastern Michigan University

Ypsilanti, Michigan

As a full time working adult, I achieved a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a GPA of 3.97 in the spring of 2016, having made the Dean’s list a total of 7 times 1). With a strong focus on personal development and a belief in service and hard work, I was able to maintain a solid educational profile, building a reputation of integrity and academic excellence.

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Washtenaw Community College

Ypsilanti, Michigan

I earned a 4.0 cumulative GPA from WCC as I fulfilled all of the educational requirements necessary to obtain CAADC 3) certification in the state of Michigan. This coursework was completed in the spring of 2016 and fleshed out the necessary credit hours to satisfy EMU general requirements.

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Other

Relevant Certifications, Training, and Credits

  • Intervention to Durable Recovery: The Power of Family
    • 3-29-2016 5)
  • The History of Narcotics Anonymous
    • 3-22-2016 6)
  • Teens Using Drugs: What to know and What to Do: Parts 1 & 2 7)
    • 3-1-2016 8)
    • 3-8-2016 9)
  • Suicide Prevention and Addiction
    • 2-23-2016 10)
  • Protecting Sobriety with the Science of Safety
    • 1-20-2016 11)
  • The Brain and Recovery: an Update on the Neuroscience of Addiction
    • 1-19-2016 12)
  • Overdose Prevention/Naloxone Training
    • 8-10-2015 13)
  • Preventing Sexual Harassment Master (faculty) level training from EMU
    • 3-17-2015 14)
  • HMIS (Homeless Management Information System) 15) and privacy training
    • 2-11-2014 16)

Avalon Housing

Undergraduate Internship

Ann Arbor, MI
January 2014 - August 2014

Avalon Housing provides permanent supportive housing for the chronically homeless population of Washtenaw County. Having several high profile locations in the Ann Arbor area, I was able to work at a wide range of locations, and serve a large population of clients with different needs in varying appropriate capacities.

Supervisor:

Manisha Leary, MSW 17)
mleary@emich.edu

Responsibilities:

  • Work with a small community organization leadership team lead by the CEO of Avalon Housing, Carol McCabe.
    • Attend weekly meetings to discuss the progress and direction of this team, our activities, and the activities of the other interns and community organizers within Avalon.
    • Design and execute community engagement programs and activities.
    • Identify potential problems in the community and come up with creative ways to solve them.
  • Oversee the food bank activities at several avalon locations (includes collection and distribution of food)
  • Assist in the organization and execution of the community after school care programs for Avalon residents’ school children.
    • Assist with the preparation of after-school food on a regular basis for a group of apx. 20 children
    • Provide homework support for this group of children of all age grades.
    • Provide meaningful activities and supervision.
    • Help to plan and execute meaningful activities and weekly field trips for the community's children.
  • Take on a case co-management with the assistance of a licensed Social Worker.
  • Attend weekly supervision meetings with a licensed MSW Field Supervisor.

Accomplishments:

  • Planned, organized, and executed a Mindfulness Meditation workshop for Avalon residents. 18)
  • Planned, organized, and executed a “Basics of Technology” workshop for Avalon residents. 19)
  • Designed and published 20) a community newsletter for distribution to Avalon residents. 21)
  • Designed and launched a community resource website using software engineering skills obtained in other areas of personal interest.
    • Features/capabilities:
      • An embedded list of community calendar events
      • An up to date (as of 06/2014) and exhaustive list of resources in the Washtenaw County area
      • A resume building workshop
      • A job interview prep workshop
      • Community discussion space
      • Fine tuned contact page
    • This project never reached full completion, being beyond the scope of a two-semester internship, but the relevant work can still can be found here

Meals on Wheels

Undergraduate Course Related Volunteer Work

Ypsilanti, MI
September 2012 - December 2012

Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels delivers prepared meals to housebound and economically challenged individuals in the Ypsilanti, Michigan area.

Supervisor:

Allison Foreman, Executive Director
alison@ymow.org

Responsibilities:

Help to evaluate and refine the exit strategy to assist program consumers to transition off of the program. Work as a part of the food delivery team of volunteers.

Other

UnMasked: Looking Beneath the Surface
April - September 2015
Secretary

UnMasked is an anti-human trafficking Eastern Michigan University student organization.

Responsibilities:

  • Attend bi-weekly meetings.
  • Maintain meeting minutes and logs
  • Help to plan and attend various group related activities
  • Work at information booths designed to raise awareness and solicit donations on campus
  • Help design flyers/t-shirts
  • Secure areas for workshops
  • Help plan off-campus information sessions
  • Support other members as needed.

Buddhist Recovery: Online Forum Moderator
https://www.reddit.com/r/buddhistrecovery/
2015 - present
Co-founder and moderator

Buddhist Recovery is an online forum, or ‘sub’ of the popular Reddit.com website. It’s purpose is to explore the usefulness of Buddhist meditation and philosophy as it relates to recovery and recovery culture.

  • I have several years experience with Buddhist mindfulness meditation theory and practice, and have received formal training at multiple meditation retreats.
  • I am proficient in different levels and languages of software engineering. Focused mainly on web technology, and cryptography/privacy enhancement and security, samples of my work can be found at my personal code repository, here, and at my personal blog site, here.

Available upon request.

1)
reflecting how many semesters I was enrolled with the required number of credits to qualify
2) , 4)
Official transcripts available upon request
3)
Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor -info
17)
Please see attached letter
18)
also designed the event flyer
19)
also designed the event flyer
20)
using 100% free and open source applications
21)
available here