I’ve got a confession to make…
I’ve always wanted to save the world.
Ever since I was a young duck, I wanted to be like the heroes I saw on TV.
I can still vividly remember sitting on my mom’s couch in 2008 watching CNN HEROES.
One guy nominated fitted prosthetic limbs to patients who wouldn’t normally be able to afford them. Another built schools and orphanages. One lady delivered food to those in need. Another woman started a project in St. Bernard Parish after Hurricane Katrina without knowing a thing about construction.
What these people and people like them do everyday is truly amazing. But it’s taken me years (and I’m still learning more) to realize that it’s not just what you DO that makes a difference…it’s WHO YOU ARE.
The reason I believe so strongly in individuals and organizations doing work for social and environmental good is because I believe in the good of humanity. I believe that we humans mean well, care deeply, and can make a significant impact in our world. I believe in human ingenuity and creativity and I believe we can work together collaboratively - both within ourselves and with each other - to solve the world’s most complex challenges and shift subpar status quo systems for the better.
My calling is to train, support, and bring pioneering leaders together in this process of saving the world.
But not because the world needs to be fixed…it’s because I want to live in the kind of world where we work together like a family and each recognize our ability to be a hero through who we choose to be.
I’m still a work in progress, but my work here challenges me to choose to be the real me everyday.
Give the world the real you. Let’s make a good ol’ dent in the Universe.
Five Fun Facts About D…
I love to travel. I’ve been to India, Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore, Germany, Austria, Panama and good ol’ Canada, as well as 43 out of the 50 states (gotta get me some Idaho, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Alaska!)
I’m a total dog mom to Baxter the mixed dachshund and Sinclair the pitbull.
We are more than mildly obsessed with tiny homes on wheels and starting a farm called Tiny Haven WV
Country music is my jam. I really love the song “Standing Outside the Fire” by Garth Brooks.
I work with independent changemakers and organizations
Non-profit | Government | Private Sector
Professional Facilitator and Coach
I have 2500+ hours of facilitation, coaching, and leadership training under my belt and 10 years of experience leading events, workshops, and trainings for changemaking.
I am certified in instructional design through Mager Consortium and have designed numerous courses and trainings for private sector businesses, non-profits, and government agencies.
Trainer and Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming
Neuro-Linguistic Programming is understanding the language of the mind. It’s a comprehensive approach to communication, personal development, and psychotherapy that I’ve found imperative to helping change-leaders succeed.
Trainer and Master Practitioner of Mental Emotional Release® Therapy
I am trained in supporting clients and students in effectively acknowledging, processing, and releasing emotions and thought patterns that are not serving them.
2011 Presidential Management Fellow
The PMF Program is a highly selective, prestigious two-year training and development program at a United States government agency. I completed my Fellowship with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a Course Leader for climate change and values-based decision making trainings.
Member of Alpha Phi Omega
Alpha Phi Omega is a co-ed community service fraternity.
Environment + Resilience
University of Virginia - Dual Bachelors in Environmental Science/Environmental Thought and Practice
Louisiana State University - Masters in Environmental Science studying resilience in communities before and after Hurricane Katrina
Expert in goofy dance moves
(side note: not so good at singing; another side note: that’s my sister)