I was born to a young mother and raised by teenagers aged 15-18. Being raised by teenagers in the age of Elvis and a mother who loved country music and musicals, seeded the field for a life influenced and experienced through the lens of theater and music.
In my teens and twenties, I lived in the world of rock and roll and theater, studying at Steppenwolf with John Malkovich and Gary Sinise. My favorite production was Sam Shepard’s Cowboy Mouth, playing a character based on one of my hero’s, Patti Smith. I’ve been a puppeteer, a touring manager, a living mannequin and between creative endeavors, a bookkeeper, office manager, waitress and other occupations.
At a class with John Malkovich, I had an experience that brought an awareness of having to deal with being a survivor of sexual abuse. I joined a self-help group where I then trained to lead these groups. Soon after, I saw the book “Maps to Ecstasy” by Gabrielle Roth. I bought the book and called the Moving Center regarding workshops. She was coming to Chicago the next weekend on my birthday. I went and I fell in love. I began producing 5Rhythms® workshops in 1996, graduating from the 5Rhythms® Training in 1998.
In 2001, I founded Mandala, a non-for-profit organization which offered programs that inspire and give space for transformation and healing.
In 2015, I was honored to be a trainee in the Open Floor Teacher Training, being so impressed by the teachings and the organization that I became a working member of Open Floor International as Operations Lead of the Library Circle. I am currently in the Somatic Experiencing Training, finishing the first level in 2017.
I’m devoted to my family, husband, friends and dog Chloe and cats, Max, Mya, Mollie and Mazzy.