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Summary

Career Advisor, Recruiter, Teacher and Supervisor of programs for academically and economically disadvantaged populations.  Coordinator Accountability Reports personally credited with resolution of errors resulting in $300,000 performance funding for Workforce Division. Grant Manager responsible for growth of grant from $230,000 to $850,000 through writing, budget and data management.

EDUCATIONAL/COUNSELING EXPERTISE

  • Rapid rapport with diverse populations resolving admission, testing, registration and financial aid issues
  • Innovative group orientations, career advising and outreach events with experience in marketing
  • Best practices for intake, retention and transition “at-risk” students for continuing quality assurance
  • Accurate and timely management of data to promote and report student intake, retention and completion
  • Partnerships with Pre-Kindergarten through College and community resources for families

EXPERIENCE

FLORIDA GATEWAY COLLEGE – Lake City, FL
Academic Adviser for Academy of Allied Health- 2/2008 to 7/2008
Recruiter for Admissions Department – all 70 + programs – 7/2008 to 9/2009
Program Specialist Take Stock in Children – 10/2010 to 7/2011

  • Manage advising, mentoring and database case management of 287 “at-risk” students and Florida Pre-Paid scholarship contracts  in Baker, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist and Union Counties
  • Organize leaderships councils, outreach recruitment and orientation events with “at-risk” students and families
  • Advocate for “at-risk” students in presentations to the Florida state legislators
  • Resolve all admission, registration, advising and financial aid issues for 287+ “at-risk” students ages 14 – 21

PALM BEACH STATE COLLEGE – Lake Worth, FL
Scholarship and Alumni Manager of Foundation – 1/2006 to 2/2008
Coordinator of Special Projects Workforce Division – 2/2004 to 1/2006
Coordinator Transition to Learning and Careers (TLC) – 7/2001 to 1/2004
Specialist Accountability Reports Workforce Division – 12/1998 to 6/2001
Advisor Career and Placement Center – 12/1997 to 12/1998
P/T Career Advisor and Adjunct Faculty – 8/1996 to 12/2001

  • Collaborate closely with Public Relations & Marketing to promote Alumni events and fundraising
  • Write grant and manage grant budget to increase award from $230,000 to $850,000
  • Supervise five grant programs for minority populations as Transition to Learning and Careers (TLC)
  • Reconcile omissions in reporting to increase reimbursements to college by $300,000 reward funding
  • Innovation of intake services to improve access to admission, ABE testing, tutoring and career advising
  • Implement electronic scholarship application for 150 local annual and endowed scholarships

SOUTH COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH CENTER – Delray Beach, FL
Supervisor Children’s Day Treatment Program – 5/1993 to 7/1994

  • Implementation of training and counseling of play therapy groups for residential latency-aged males
  • Establish group play therapy day treatment for abused, abandoned, neglected males and females
  • Create and implemented parent training groups in three economically disadvantaged communities
  • Apply quality assurance protocol to case management documentation

CENTER FOR GROUP COUNSELING – Boca Raton, FL
Supervisor Children Preventive Therapy – 9/1989 – 7/1992

  • Establish rapport and produce change in behavior through group therapy within six to eight weeks
  • Personally responsible for initiating group therapy for adolescents referred by the school system
  • Trainer and team builder for over 30 staff and volunteers to lead group play therapy for children
  • Initiate group therapy for geriatric, HIV-AIDS clients and diverse parent/guardian groups
  • Enhance and expand counseling services through community outreach with diverse groups

EDUCATION

Masters in Mental Health Counseling – University of Nebraska at Omaha
Graduate specialty in Career & Peer Counseling – Presenter APGA Conference

Bachelors in English, Speech and Education – East Texas State University (now Texas A & M affiliate)
99% in national licensing test of English Teachers

VOLUNTEER

  • Member Task Force to Prevent Child Abuse – 10/2011 to present
  • Volunteer UF Child Protection Team – 11/2011 to present
  • Children’s Home Society – 10/2012 to present