Director of Admissions | HealthCare Connection of Tampa
Hello All… One thing I know for certain is this…. “Your Truth Will Set You Free”… so here goes! Never in a million years did I for see me living the life that I live today. I am a single, fully self-supporting, independent mother to 5 year old “Owen”. He is my everything and my little North Star. As a 3rd generation Tampa native to a wonderful and loving family, I endured some personal struggles for nearly 2 decades that allowed me to develop a sense of empathy for individuals battling substance abuse. These struggles that I turned into triumphs has given me the ability to now work in the substance abuse field guiding people into recovery, giving them not only HOPE, but a plethora of resources here in Hillsborough County (and statewide) to go on to live productive and meaningful lives. I work as the Director of Admissions/Marketing/and Outreach for HealthCare Connection of Tampa. HCC is a renowned treatment facility that has been helping impaired doctors, nurses, lawyers, and other impaired professionals recover from substance abuse and dual disorders for the last 30 years. It is my honor and privilege to use my own personal experience, strength, and hope not only in a professional setting, but also in our community at large in general.
I have an extensive background in corporate America, but my PASSION is helping others. I stay very busy in the community giving back and helping others wherever I am needed. I currently volunteer with the Hillsborough County Anti-Drug Alliance, Dress For Success, and the City of Tampa Narcotics Task Force.
I am so excited to be taking part in the American Lung Association’s Lip Sync For Lungs. Help us raise the necessary funds to support their mission of ending lung disease by voting for me. I am confident that I will ROCK THE STAGE and with your votes win the “LIVE BATTLE”!!!
I was born and raised in a small New England city called New London, CT. Even as a child, I had a passion for helping others. I have spent the last 20 years working in numerous different specialties within the healthcare field. Most of those years were spent working for the Department of Veterans Affairs caring for terminally ill Veterans.
My path to Tampa started in September 2016 after admitting to myself that I was battling substance abuse and alcoholism. I completed inpatient treatment at River Oaks in Riverview and outpatient treatment at Clean Recovery in Tampa and decided to plant roots in Florida.
I am currently working as a medical assistant in a Primary Care Practice for GMS Florida West Coast in Carrollwood. I am not married and have no children. I spend a lot of my free time using my own experience to help others that are struggling with addiction.
The American Lung Association is an organization near and dear to my heart. My 19 year old nephew has been battling Ciliary Dyskinesia since birth. It is because of the work and research of organizations like the American Lung Association that he is still with us today. My favorite quote: “Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the most wonderful things that happen to us”. Your votes allow me to continue to help others!!