In 2005 I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education from the College of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. My program of study included Graphic Design and Art Education. From 2005-2010 I was an art teacher at the Boston Higashi School in Randolph, Massachusetts, an international program for children and young adults with autism. While at Higashi, I created and implemented a graphic design program for students, as well as produced a variety of promotional designs for the school. Simultaneously, I conducted freelance design work on the side, an experience that motivated me to enroll in a graduate program in Graphic Design and Web and Interaction Design at UMass Dartmouth in 2011.
Following this graduate study and certification in web design in 2012, I began working at Mountain Valley Treatment Center in Pike, NH, a residential program for adolescents struggling with anxiety disorders. In addition to my duties as counselor, I established an art module for clients as a therapeutic tool, so that they might use expressive media to communicate creative thought and personality
While much of my professional experience has been in the area of social service, art and graphic design have been integral parts of that experience. Whether establishing an art program to inspire students or creating original graphics to benefit an institutional image or to aid in fund-raising, my passion for and skill in graphic design have continuously informed and enriched my professional efforts.