Degree/Year: Social Work and History, 2009
Current Employer: City Clerk of Columbus
Title: Legislative Assistant
Since leaving the classrooms of Bradley Hall, I have finished my master’s degree in Social Service Administration from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and recently began working as a legislative assistant for the city of Columbus.
While studying in Cleveland, I was given opportunities that really only a social work degree can provide. During my first internship at Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People, I helped fight the foreclosure crisis that plagued many vulnerable neighborhoods in the city. I even took part in a direct action protest against Wells Fargo bank. I also worked with residents to develop urban gardens to help increase access to healthy foods. My second internship took me to Cleveland councilman Matt Zone. There, I worked on constituent concerns as well as economic and sustainability legislation. Finally, I was able to spend two weeks in Amsterdam studying and comparing drug and mental health policies. Overall, I have been loving my time since Bradley and cannot wait to see where my new, professional life takes me.
Degree/Year: B.S., Social Work, 2005
Current Employer: Sansone Group
Title: Social Services Coordinator
Shortly after graduating from Bradley I took a job in St. Louis, MO, at Paraquad, an independent living center for people with developmental and physical disabilities. I was employed as an Education Assistant for four and a half years and advocated for disability rights and independent living. During my time with Paraquad, not only did I assist my clients with obtaining the use of social services, I also made numerous trips to the Missouri Capitol to lobby our state’s congressional representatives to enact laws and ordinances benefitting people with disabilities.
I recently took a new position with the Sansone Group, a real estate company that specializes in property management and development. I am currently a social services coordinator for a senior and disability community. I advocate for seniors and assist them with issues such as Medicare, Medicaid, property tax, independent living and much more. I thoroughly enjoy working for organizations that endorse independent living and where I can utilize the skill set gained through Bradley University’s social work department.
In addition to my career endeavors since graduating from Bradley, I have also been concentrating on pursuing motivational speaking to share my life story and promote disability awareness. Since I am constantly overcoming new obstacles in my life, I feel it is important to educate the public on disabilities and how important it is to strive for the best and not give up, no matter how difficult the challenges we face. I have spoken at several schools, temples, and organizations, including AT&T at its annual national sales kickoff in Dallas. Motivational speaking is a true passion of mine, and a sincere way for me to give back to the community.