Baby & Child Mental Health
The Raise & Shine FRC fosters community resiliency through quality family engagement.
The Raise & Shine FRC mentors families on how to build their protective layers.
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Davis in American Studies-Gender and Ethnicity and a Minor in Native American Studies. Working at First 5 Mendocino where I get to support children and their families brings me joy, satisfaction, and hope. Children are our future. Outside of work I spend my time with my children, creating art, and gardening.
Favorite childhood book: The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
I’ve been with First 5 Mendocino since February 2017. I started by being an Americorp for 1 and a half years and became a full-time staff in August of 2018. I’m trained in Triple P, CRM, PIP, and Signs of Safety among other things. Being a resource for families and being able to help them achieve their goals is what I’m passionate about and it’s why I love to show up at work every day! In my free time, I like to play soccer and disc golf. I’m also a coach for Mendocino County Soccer Academy (MCSA). GO EAGLES!
Favorite childhood book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
I am a mother of four and raised my beautiful children on the coast of Mendocino without any immediate family. As a young mom feelings of isolation and overwhelm were constant, and I yearned for connection and guidance. I found a Triple P Positive Parenting Group and it changed my life by connecting me with others and teaching me skills to feel calm and confident in managing challenging behaviors. It has now been over a decade since I’ve been supporting other families as a Certified Doula, Childbirth Educator, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor & Triple P Facilitator who knows personally the importance of connection and support. Everyone needs it and I am passionate about making it available as part of a normal option for all parents and caregivers of children. Outside of work I love to play on our beaches and swim in our rivers.
Favorite childhood book: Black Beauty by Ana Sewell
Favorite childhood song: It’s a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
I am a mother of two who was introduced to FIRST 5 Mendocino when I was a first-time mom 8 years ago. I joined the team as an Americorps member where it ignited my passion to support children, parents, and caregivers. I am an accredited Triple P facilitator helping parents and caregivers navigate their journey in raising children with support, empathy, and a smile. One key moment that helped me as a first-time parent was knowing that I could ask for help to gain knowledge and information through FIRST 5. I am happy to now offer that same warm and inclusive service to families in Mendocino County. On my free time I like to care for my houseplants, go for walks, and spend time with my children.
Favorite childhood book: The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Favorite childhood song: Los Pollitos Dicen