A wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, graduate student, advocate… I wear many hats! I was born and raised in the U.S. Army. As the daughter of an active duty service member I was able to experience a life full of diversity. I am half Greek and have a very strong passion for my heritage and traditions. I married my high school sweetheart, who also joined the Army. I have been a supportive Army wife for over sixteen years. Together, my husband and I have two beautiful daughters.
I received my bachelor’s degree in Family Life Education- Marriage and Family from The University of Central Oklahoma in 2016. During my undergraduate education, I was very active in several organizations. I served as the President Elect for the University of Central Oklahoma Chapter of the National Council on Family Relations, also known as NCFR. I had the opportunity to travel to Baltimore, Maryland in 2014, and to Vancouver, Canada in 2015, to attend the annual NCFR conference. In 2015, I co-authored and presented research at the Oklahoma Council on Family Relations conference in Tulsa. Dr. Brandon Burr and I researched the effects of technology on marital satisfaction. I completed 250 field study hours at various locations in the Oklahoma City area. These locations include; The CARE Center, Hope Pregnancy Center, The UCO Child Study Center, and Early Birds. I also completed a 250-hour practicum with The Department of Human Services Child Welfare-Permanency. Additionally, I was invited to become a member of Phi-Upsilon Honors Society and Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society in recognition of maintaining the status of Presidents Honor Roll from 2013 to 2016.
I have always been drawn to helping others, but I realized this desire could also be a career path after my husband’s second deployment. During this deployment, I was a member of the Family Readiness Group where I was in charge of checking in on spouses and family members who were trying to navigate their everyday lives while enduring an extremely stressful absence. I have a passion for assisting soldiers and families struggling with reintegration. This experience motivated me to continue my education in the field of social work at the graduate level in hopes of working with these families directly as a mental health professional.