Updated: Jul 15
1. Why should we care about the challenges of the underserved-underestimated populations?
I have always believed that we are only as strong as our weakest link, and that if we "up" the ability and opportunity for the underserved-underestimated populations, we all benefit. Often, underserved populations don't have a voice, so whenever we can lend an ear and listen to the needs of those less fortunate or less served, we can aim our service and our resources in the right directions.
2. What experiences in your personal life have motivated you to pursue a more active role in helping others in your community?
Oh my gosh, my dad was a school psychologist, but, more important, he was instrumental during the time of the American Disabilities Act in helping people with developmental disabilities live as independently as possible. I was employed at his agency, too—Warren Achievement Industries in Monmouth, Illinois—and I taught life skills to people with varying degrees of disability. I was also a counselor in the group homes there, where with twenty-four-hour supervision, many of the people were able to live independently in small apartments. It was a fun job! My dad would say, back in the 1970s, "They are people first," so as a child I learned always to consider the humanness of people I encounter. My dad's impact on my life inspired me to become a licensed counselor, working in mental health. I am a woman in recovery and active in AA, and the 12th step reminds me that service is the best way to stay sober and happy.
3. Within your heart, what is the area that you would like to help the most when looking at the different populations in your community and the big gaps between them?
As a licensed counselor, I feel that my job is to live in the solution—whatever that means. I spend my professional hours helping people find relief and work toward meaningful and rewarding lives. I donate to Goodwill, I smile at strangers. I chair AA meetings. Small or large, any kind of positive energy put into the universe is not wasted. I guess my question is, “How can I help?”
4. What can we all do to become more involved in our communities and make a better world?
I think everyone can start small. Smile more. Say hello. Open doors. Treat others as equals. Eat less meat, go for walks and pick up trash. Remember this world is borrowed and we are fellow humans.
5. What are the highlights of being part of The Warrior Flow Foundation as a facilitator? What were the "aha" moments if any that you went through during the week training?
I am amazed at the power of The Warrior Flow Foundation. The outreach is awesome and the energy behind it is motivating. I've known Adrian since 2009, when I moved to Miami, and there was something special about him that I wanted to stay in touch with. I trust Hunter is like that, too. The Trauma-Informed Yoga Training was informative and useful and certainly made me think about respecting other people and their journey. I would be happy to help the Foundation in any way I can—perhaps donating time for mental health sessions.
6. Can you tell us where to find you online and what are your next projects?
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