I am a single mother of a hilarious almost 13 year old boy and wrangler of our menagerie which includes a dog, snake, frogs and fish. I am also a lawyer in the juvenile court system representing the best interests of youth who do not have an available or appropriate guardian, as well as the executive director for a small foundation focusing on support of arts and education. Hanging out with my son, reading, outdoor exercise, singing and baking / cake decorating are some things I enjoy.
What's your connection to LGBTQ+ Justice work?
As a member of the LGBTQ community, an ally of the community and having worked in the justice system with many LGBTQ youth, the connections run deep. I know the issues which affect one underrepresented or disenfranchised group affect all of them, and working on the justice piece will lead to a better society and world for us all.
What is your staff role(s) at NEAT? What inspired you to get involved?
My primary role has been to run the HelpLine for NEAT for the past three months. The policy director at NEAT is a dear friend, and he made the initial connection for me when Justice Ginsberg passed away and I was looking for a way to help make a difference.
Share a memory from your work that sticks out in your mind.
One conversation in particular was with an older gentleman from the Northeast who volunteered at least three times per week during the Georgia runoff campaign. He was unfamiliar with the calling system but stuck with it and we had at least two conversations each week about the impact of volunteering and how he had been active as a volunteer for organizations for over 50 years. It was very inspiring!
What would you say to anyone considering volunteering with NEAT?
Absolutely do it. You will be part of the change in making the world a better place and working with some really fantastic people in the process.