What’s a typical day in your role?
My typical day varies based on the day of the week. Because I split my time between two treatment centers; both Hamilton and Wayne, I never truly know what my day is going to look like before I arrive. Most days I am in the office working on planning groups and events, meeting with discharging patients to get them excited about the opportunity they have to join the alumni program, sitting in on groups, and checking in with our current alumni as they reach some of the milestones in their recovery.
What’s something that you’re currently working on?
My biggest project right now is beginning to take the structural framework that our Director of Alumni, Lisa Musialowicz worked tirelessly in building, and tailoring it to continue to meet the needs and wants of our current group of Alumni. That’s the great thing about the alumni program here at Footprints to Recovery; we’re evolving and growing every day. Nothing is set in stone and suggestions are always welcome.
In your opinion, what makes an alumni program important?
When I was approached about the Alumni Coordinator position what sold me is the sheer fact, that it exists. I immediately jumped on board to join a company that stands by their mission to help. Where some treatment centers say their ‘goodbyes’ upon discharge, Footprints to Recovery’s alumni program says ‘welcome.’ That is continuous care, and it is crucial when we talk about success in recovery.
What’s on your wish list for the next three years?
One of my goals over the next three years is to help grow this program to reach its’ fullest potential. There are so many ideas that I have rolling around in my brain that I cannot wait to implement. On a personal level, I hope to continue to travel. Travel has become a driving force in my life and I cannot wait to see all of the remarkable places it will take me.
If you could give family, friends, loved ones of those with a substance abuse disorder a message, what would it be?
The message that I would give is one of hope. To never give up on those that they love. Where there is hope, there is help. It is with that hope that the person you love might surprise you with all that they can achieve. If we give up hope, we may never know.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
My seven-year-old daughter gets me out of bed every morning. Granted, most days I find myself begging for five more minutes, and five minutes usually turns into ten. I try to wake up each day with the intention to make my daughter proud and to be the strong female role model that I believe every little girl needs.
What’s your motto or personal mantra?
My personal mantra is ‘change your attitude, change your life’. Someone very special to me once taught me about how the power of positivity promotes positive action and ever since then, I have implemented positivity and gratitude into my everyday life. By beginning each day grateful for where I am at and how far I have come, I can face the day without fear.
What’s your favorite Disney movie & why?
My favorite Disney movie is and will always be Mulan. Growing up, I felt very compelled to the character of Mulan because she was a fierce female warrior who took action and followed her instincts despite adversity. I like to believe that I have grown to become a woman that the real Hua Mulan, would have been proud of. Eddie Murphy as Mushu was also a big draw.
What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
I absolutely could not live without a pen and paper. From schedules to ideas, everything is written down somewhere. Even with the technology of computers, phones, and tablets, nothing will ever compare to a pen and paper.
If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
If I could meet anyone, I would want to meet my grandfather. Unfortunately, he passed away when I was two years old, so it would be less of a meeting and more of a reacquainting. But all my life I’ve heard about what an incredible man he was and how he made a delicious homemade mac & cheese!