Curriculum Vitae

 

EXPERIENCE


 

Women's Resilience Center Coordinator

International Rescue Committee, San Diego, CA

InternJanuary 2020 - present

Intensive Case Manager - AmeriCorps

International Rescue Committee, San Diego, CA

October 2018 - November 2019

  • Partnered with families displaced from their home countries, supporting them on their journey resettling in the United States, utilizing a resource-oriented and trauma informed approach to case management

  • Facilitated wellness groups on topics such as healthy relationships, culture shock, coping with stress, and rights and responsibilities in the U.S.

  • Collaborated in youth programs to provide arts based workshops to bring awareness to teen dating violence

  • Organized bimonthly workshops at Christ Ministries Church for the Haitian community, inviting speakers from both IRC and outside organizations to present on relevant topics

Expressive Arts Facilitator, Yoga Teacher

Emerge International, Colombo, Sri Lanka

March - July 2018

  • Taught yoga classes twice a week to a group of women living in a transitional home

  • Facilitated bi-weekly expressive arts sessions

 

Freelance Yoga Teacher

Berlin / Magdeburg, Germany

May 2014 - January 2018

  • Provided four classes a week on donation basis at Backpacker Berlin Hostel.

  • Held a series of classes for teenagers with learning disabilities at Förderschule Pestalozzi Schule.

  • Provided yearly mindfulness yoga classes at the OEB Conference for educators

  • Invited to teach on a week-long yoga retreat in Crete, Greece for a group of 12 participants

  • Used yoga and the arts to teach English to children through InterACT and the Language Farm

 

Turiya Yoga, Berlin, Germany

October 2015 - January 2018

  • Instructed 45 minute yoga classes to children ages 2 to 7 in private schools

  • Designed curriculum, including  illustrations of images and stories that expose children to  both physical activity and moments of stillness and mindfulness, using imagination and play


Teen Cooking Group Facilitator

Über den Tellerrand, Berlin, Germany

December 2015 .- January 2018

  • Facilitated weekly cooking group for teenagers, with and without migration backgrounds, to connect and learn from one another

  • Coordinated planning of meals, shopping for food, and organizing participants


Music Therapy Intern

Kolumbus Grundschule, Berlin, Germany

May 2016 - May 2017

  • Worked with five groups each week, consisting of four children between ages 7 and 8

  • Used play, music and the arts to engage children, enhancing social and personal well being

  • Worked in individual sessions, creating a safe space for growth and expression

Community Arts Facilitator

VSA North Fourth Art Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

September 2009 - June 2011

  • Developed and instructed studio art classes for adults with developmental disabilities

  • Worked one on one with youth ages 7 to 17 with Autism in an arts-based respite program

  • Worked as a peer actor in a theater group for teens with Autism, collaborating in the writing and performing of skits

  • Developed a yoga and expressive arts class for teenagers with mental health concerns

CONFERENCES

Presenter with Paul N. Roth - 10th Urban Space and Social Life Conference, Osaka, Japan

June 2019

 "Diversity of Arts-Inflected Practices for Inclusion, Community, and Well- Being: 3 Case Studies [Global Context/Local Engagement]". 

Volunteer - Nourish: Art Therapy and Wellbeing Conference, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

January 2018

Received scholarship to attend and volunteer as support to presenters and attendees

Participant - Solidarity Here and Now Conference, Gdansk, Poland

November 2017

Awarded a scholarship to participate in workshops focused on self care for volunteers that resulted in the creation of a publication and video to share with youth to promote awareness of how communities are supporting refugees around the world.

EDUCATION

Master of Arts in Expressive Arts Therapy

European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, Switzerland

September 2015 - December 2017

500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

Paramanand Institute of Yoga Science and Research, Indore, India

May 2013 - July 2013

  • Specific training in Yoga Therapy, Adaptive Yoga and Children’s Yoga


Bachelor of Arts in Art Therapy

Emmanuel College, Boston, USA

September 2005 - May 2009

TRAININGS

True Body Leadership Training, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

JANUARY 2018

Trained by the founder of the True Body Project, which is an Integrative Behavioral Therapy model that combines mindful movement and feeling-centered exercises.


Kidding Around Yoga Training, Berlin, Germany

MAY 2016

Trained in kids yoga, learning games, songs, and mindfulness activities to use as resources in class


Expressive Arts and Global Health, Valletta, Malta

APRIL 2016

Participated in a weeklong pilot program focusing on trauma, human rights, and conflict resolution