What is your Job Title / Role at RHS?
Department Head over Community Based Services. I supervise our CBRS and Case Management workers.
How did you come into the Mental Health Field?
My degree is in education, but after I graduated from ISU my sister was working for RHS and referred me for a job doing PSR. I continue to work in this field because I enjoy the work we do and the environment RHS provides for us to do our jobs.
Who inspired you to pursue this career choice?
I have been able to work with many people at RHS that show great examples of how to help people. Ike Johnson and Blake Bingham have been great mentors to me and they are inspirations to me of how to make a career out of helping people.
How important is it for you to work with our Southeast Idaho Community?
I feel like it is a great privilege to work with community members in Idaho Falls and the surrounding areas. We get a chance to help individuals improve their lives and as we do so, we strengthen our communities as well.
What is something someone might not know about you?
I have a twin brother, but lucky for him, we don’t look alike.
What are some of your interests / hobbies?
I love watching movies and playing games with my family. I have coached high school football for the last 16 years and spend most of my free time doing that.
What is the best advice you would give to someone just coming into this field?
Understand that everybody is different. A lot of jobs deal with numbers and spreadsheets or raw materials and products. But, we deal with people and when we show empathy and understanding towards how others feel or the situations they are in, we can help them progress and make improvements in their lives.