I have more than nine years of experience in the non-profit arena, including work in the child welfare, HIV/AIDS, violence-prevention and animal welfare fields. My background also includes both an academic and professional emphasis on animal health and behavior, as well as the human-animal bond. During four years of my undergraduate studies in Biology, I was a technician at a small animal veterinary hospital. In 2008, I received my MSW at the University of Denver, with a certification in animal-assisted social work from the university's Institute for Human Animal Connection.
I currently serve as Research Analyst and Human-Animal Interaction Specialist for American Humane Association. At American Humane, I have contributed to child welfare and human-animal interaction programming and research, including animal-assisted therapy, humane education, and the link between violence to people and violence to animals. I am also a board member for Youth and Pet Survivors (YAPS), a pen pal program that matches pediatric oncology patients with dogs and cats who have survived cancer or other serious medical conditions.
My specialties include writing, editing, research, analysis, communication and innovation, with a keen interest in the complex and special relationships we share with animals.