I worked ten years in the school system before completing my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work. The vast part of my social work experience comes from the field of child welfare (with a focus in families and children) with Durham County Department of Social Services for over six years as an In-Home Service and Foster Care social work case manager. I later transitioned to social work and medical case management via Duke University Hospital. I have always had a passion for supporting people in the community by way of educating them and providing them with the necessary tools that would enable them to be their best selves. I believe social work is “heart work,” and it often begins by extending grace and lending a hand to some of our most vulnerable populations so that they have an opportunity to thrive and live their most optimal lives.