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I have always been fascinated by people; and I have spent my life in service of helping others to become their best selves.  That has meant that I, too have been on that same journey--exploring and understating who I am, what motivates me, scares me, excites me and confuses me.   I am always evolving and reaching for that best self.


I have worked at a number of public and now a private institution of higher learning.  In addition to my clinical work in psychology, I am also a senior administrator at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.  Prior to serving as the Vice President for Student Life at L&C, I served as the Vice President for Student Affairs for the University of California System.  In that capacity I oversaw policies and practices that supported all 280,000 UC students and worked in collaboration with all 10 UC campuses.  Prior to my work at UC, I served as the Vice President for Student Life at the University of Oregon.  I also held roles of Dean of Students, Chief Psychologist and Director of the UO Counseling Center during my 25 year career at UO. Throughout that time, I also held a small, thriving psychological practice.  

I have led organizations both big and small, and have a keen understanding of how to navigate change, establish vision, and strategically move organizations forward. I am also as comfortable working on the individual level; either in collaboration with an individual who is trying to manage a psychological challenge or with an someone who feels stuck or dissatisfied in their leadership role.


I hold a Ph.D. and master’s degree from the California School of Professional Psychology and received master’s and bachelor’s degrees from California State University, Fullerton.   I have been licensed as a psychologist in the State of Oregon since 1997.   I am a wife, mother, daughter and life-long learner.

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