who i am
Green & Growing - Always
I am obsessed with learning. I can't stop reading, thinking, talking and applying my learning. I am the oldest of four girls. I was a single mom who raised up three little girls who have grown into my most favorite powerful kind smart human beings on this planet. I am a proud GRannie. And, now days I am lucky to have an incredibly loving and supportive husband who encourages me to follow my passions.
Growing up, I worked along side my dad as he pursued his dream of owning a successful chain of restaurants. In 2005, I earned my MA from Bastyr University studying applied behavioral science in leadership and organizational development. I went back to the family business and helped my parents and sister develop Farrelli's Pizza into a very successful chain of gourmet pizzerias serving the South Puget Sound in WA. I facilitated the processes that established the protocol to develop strong healthy leaders who could reliably create safe, profitable, fun working cultures based on shared organizational mission and values. During my time with Farrelli's I was able to help them grow from 5 locations to 9 and from $5 million a year in revenue to $20 million. Today Farrelli's is still growing and nourishing neighborhoods across western WA. In 2018 I left to pursue my dream of helping today's leaders across a broad range of diverse industries be the kind of leaders who make the world better for all of us.
I am passionate about serving my community and have connected myself to organizations working to make sure every person has opportunities and access to education and programs that will enable them to pursue and achieve their dreams. I sit on the Board for Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound and the National Area Council Committee for Boys and Girls Clubs of America. I am also a past board member and senior fellow of Tacoma’s American Leadership Forum, Carreer Path Services, and Catherine Place.
In my free time, I enjoy staying physically active, constantly learning, and time with friends and my growing family.
For the past 20+ years I have also studied and practiced Reiki which is a energy healing modality. In 2017 I became a certified Shamanic Reiki Master Practitioner. In 2019 I became a certified Biofield Tuning Practitioner. Our culture is so polarized right now, fear seems to be the norm, loneliness and depression are the epidemics of our time. I want to be part of the solution. I strive to be a force for peace and love. I am grounding myself in universal life energy and I want to share it. I am happy to offer Reiki and healing sound to friends, family, colleagues, and clients struggling with physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual symptoms. As a practitioner I am simply a conduit who holds the intention for healing and allows the energy to serve the client's healing for the highest good. It's pretty amazing. Please reach out if you have any questions and want to see what it's all about!
Align & Unify 2 Thrive
I am inspired by big beautiful trees. I see roots buried deep creating a strong foundation for growth and access to nourishment from the earth. Strong straight curvy trunks that carry energy and nutrition to the whole tree. Leaves that absorb energy from the sun and provide oxygen, create shade. And, branches that bear fruit and drop seeds that provide food and nourishment.
Trees are the perfect metaphor for me. When my head, my heart, and my gut are aligned I feel solid and connected and grounded which allows me to grow and receive and give of myself in service to others.
As I've worked with leaders and teams I see the same thing. If I can facilitate alignment the system/person begins to unify around shared values and purpose which creates harmony with self and other s and then individuals, teams, and organizations thrive.
Align Unify Thrive
Education & Certification
1997: Earned a BA from The Evergreen State College studying Human health and behavior from both an Eastern & Western perspective. Olympia WA
2005: Earned a MA from Bastyr University studying organizational and leadership development. Kenmore, WA
2007: Certified Coach through The Leading Clinic in Positive Core Change, Appreciative Inquiry & Leadership, and Whole System IQ (Intelligence)™
2012: American Leadership Forum (ALF) Tacoma Pierce Co. Fellowship Program
2017: Certified Shamanic Reiki Practitioner. Shamanic Reiki Worldwide
2018: Certified Thought Patterns for High Performance. Pacific Institute in Seattle WA
2019 Certified Biofield Tuning Practitioner
2006 - Present: Boys & Girls Club of South Puget: - Board of Governors & Past Board Chair
2018 - Present: Boys & Girls Club of America - National Area Council Committee representing WA, ID, OR, and AK
2017 - 2020: Career Path Service - Board of Governors
2018 - 2020: Catherine Place - Board of Governors
2015 - 2018: American Leadership Forum (Tacoma WA Chapter) - Board of Governors