Position: Assistant Director SOAPS/All In
What led you to your current position? I was transitioning from a Clinical Supervisor position at the Mosaic program, when my current supervisor Adeya Byrd (who I had worked with when I first started at Seneca) presented me with an opportunity to work with her again in SOAPS. It was perfect timing and I jumped on board!
Fun Fact/Quote: Hafa adai! I was raised on Guam and came to the states for college. (Any other Guamanians or Chamorus out there??)
What does your average day look like? Checking my calendar constantly to make sure I am where I should be, as it shifts and shifts: meeting with the clinicians I supervise across the OUSD/AUSD landscape is one of my favorite times of the day, consulting with school, district partners, and Seneca folks via phone or in person, attending class or school events, communicating with families about their concerns and questions and planning for our program in the midst of handling documentation and other program tasks. I also enjoy ending my days (when I can) at my home site where I check in with my director and program manager.
Why do you do this work? It reaffirms my values about the beauty of life, even in the midst of the most difficult and painful experiences life has to offer. It helps remind me that we laugh, we connect, and we support one another no matter what has or may happen. It has helped me make sense of my own experiences and values. As I do this work, it helps me evolve in my role as a person, daughter, mother, partner, community member, and global citizen. I have also met the most inspirational people as I do this work and am continually amazed that there are more and more of them out there!