In what academic subject do you or your organization have expertise?
Studio and Performing Arts
I am interested in working with schools in my area
What grade level would you or your organization work best with?
9th Grade Community Mentoring Program
What kind of availability do you or your organization have to offer?
Mentorship (coffee or lunch, shorter time commitment)
You have indicated an expertise in Visual and Performance Arts & Crafts
I have studied and/or worked in and for the performing arts for over 30 years. Vocal and Theater work being my main focus. I am a professional singer/songwriter who has collaborated on the production of 6 albums and toured across the U.S. 3 times with a variety of musical acts. My theater experience has been semi-professional, and included supporting and numerous leading roles, as well as three years as a troupe member of Port Townsend's Poetic Justice Theater Ensemble.
You have indicated an expertise in Business Creation and Administration
My first experience as a sole proprietor of a business was at the age of 21. I established a massage therapy practice in Northampton MA that was successful over the 9 years I lived there. I opened a shared practice in Port Townsend in 2003 that expanded it's offerings into workshops addressing healthy lifestyle practices. I currently operate a sole proprietorship that combines healing arts and performing arts training. I travel internationally to teach vocal and expressive arts workshops, and work both in person and online with individuals seeking personal and professional empowerment through vocal coaching and the healing arts.
You have indicated an expertise in Education and Training
I have taught adults and children in group ranging from 4 to 100 in both the healing arts and voice. I was an instructor of at the Port Townsend School of Massage for 3 years. One of my strengths and creative joys is to create curriculum for classes. I have generated over two dozen various programs, classes, and curriculum for individual study and group training.
You have indicated an expertise in Faith and Spirituality
I have been on a personal journey spiritually most of my life. I am a meditation and qi gong practitioner, and work with Unity and Unitarian Churches in Port Townsend as a musical minister and guest. My work and life is centered in my spirituality, and I am happy to offer stories from my experiences ranging from living in an ashram, an evolving spiritual life, and bringing spirituality into work respectfully.
You have indicated an expertise in Health Care, Medical, and Healing Arts
As I have described above, I have 22 years as a licensed professional Massage Therapist. There seems no category for organizational and community leadership, so I will use this space to describe another form of work I have experience in. I consider mediation and facilitation a form of "healing art" as it applies to bringing individuals together to work successfully. I have trained and worked as a mediator, NVC practitioner, Dynamic Facilitator, systems theorist, and diversity ally and advocate, and I am currently training and under mentorship at The Ojai Foundation to become a trainer in the practice of Council. I have a passion for support interpersonal relations and believe skills related to empathy, listening, and forms that support groups working well together are essential to have in the workforce.