My professional mission is to create and host a place for people to do great work in the world as they let all of their being shine. That place is called The Athena Group.
The Athena group began to take form 20 years ago with an intention of designing my work around my life, instead of designing my life around my work. I found it exhilarating to do work in that way wanted to share it with others who had the courage.
Previous to starting Athena, my professional journey started in the private sector as a project manager in a stock photo agency, and then switching to the public sector/non-profit sector as a fiscal analyst and project manager at the Association of Washington Cities. At AWC, we served all of Washington’s cities and towns representing their interests at the legislative level and providing training to elected and appointed municipal officials.
My personal skillsets are rooted in facilitation, participatory engagement, project management, policy analysis, and strategy. For the last 26 years I have been providing professional services to state agencies, cities and counties, transit authorities, and non-profit organizations with organization, community and cross-sector projects.
I hold a Masters in Public Administration degree from The Evergreen State College, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from the University of Washington. I am a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute and as a Charrette Planner by the National Charrette Institute. I served as adjunct faculty of The Evergreen State College and as Collective Impact faculty for the Rider-Pool Foundation Fellowship Program. She is an active community member, serving on boards of the United Way of Thurston County, Thurston County Chamber of Commerce, and the Juvenile Diabetes South Sound Chapter.
I believe that
Humans have multiple intelligence centers. Wisdom comes from the head, heart and gut.
Healthy feminine and masculine qualities are needed in each person, regardless of gender.
Organizations and communities are human systems, not machines. The humans inside these systems, whatever their position, hold a wisdom that is imperative to the health of the whole system.