Years Employed at Multnomah:
Academic Departments Teaching In:
MAC department, Undergrad Psychology department
Marriage and family therapist
Where I come from
I grew up in Seattle, Washington, and came to Portland to go to Multnomah Bible College. My husband and I were convinced that we would move back to Seattle the minute that we graduated (we were high school sweethearts). By the time we graduated, however, we felt differently and have stayed in the area ever since.
I discovered Jesus through the pain of my parent’s divorce. One night my parents got into a fight and I watched my father get handcuffed, arrested, and taken to jail overnight due to a report of domestic violence by my mother. My world was shaken. Through the painful divorce experience that followed, I felt a desperate need for the security and love that only the Lord could provide. It was through that experience that I developed a passion for marriage, and a heart to help families who are experiencing their own brokenness.
Why I teach at Multnomah
I am one of those people who LOVES learning! Teaching is another way of learning, and I love interacting with students and being a catalyst for their own growth and development. I deeply appreciate the shared community and values at Multnomah, and the emphasis on mentorship.
Current Ministry outside class
My husband and I serve together in the “Married4Life” ministry at Sonrise Church in Hillsboro. Together, we mentor couples who are preparing for marriage or who are looking for marriage enrichment. I am grateful for the opportunity to facilitate couples in their journey in such a meaningful way.
Extra-curricular, non-ministry activities
I am a member of “The Portland Tap Connection,” a local tap dance performance troupe. We get hired around town at luncheons or retirement centers to provide Broadway-style tap dance performances. It is quite exhilarating to wear colorful costumes, perform, and create smiles on the faces in the audience. I appreciate being a part of this multi-generational group of inspiring women.
My husband, Ryan, and I have been married since 1999. He is daily a source of empowerment and encouragement to me. We are childless by choice, which puts us in an unusual sub-population of people. Our friends who have children comment about how “quiet!” our house is when they come over. We enjoy investing in future generations through involvement with our nieces, nephews, and friends’ children.