I am a North Carolina native—born and raised in Rocky Mount. I received my Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the illustrious North Carolina Central University (EAGLE PRIDE!!) in 2007. However, I have been in the healthcare field for over 22 years. I later received a Masters in Health Administration with a concentration in Leadership and Organizational Change from Pfeiffer University. I began my nursing career in the ICU at Durham Regional Hospital and gradually transitioned into the mental health/substance abuse sector where I have spent the bulk of my career. I have had the privilege of serving a diverse population—latency-age children, DJJ-involved adolescents, adults, and veterans—in various community based, residential, and inpatient care settings. I have held many administrative, management, and leadership roles; however, my passion lies in working closely with consumers to ensure that they have access to treatment and the appropriate resources which will aid them in maintaining their highest state of wellness.