What will you be doing in your new role at the MBWC?
I am honored and excited to be joining the MBWC as the Program Manager for Dementia Friends Washington, based at the Memory Hub community center. As the Program Manager, I will manage and continue to support the expansion of the Dementia Friends program throughout Washington state, working with leads in each county and tribe to bring on new Dementia Friends and Dementia Friends Champions. Anyone can become a Dementia Friend – I invite you to join a session today!
What are you excited about working at the MBWC?
I’m looking forward to the opportunity to collaborate with other programs and organizations at the Memory Hub. I’m energized by the purpose of the Dementia Friends program – helping to raise awareness about what dementia is, how it affects people, and ways to take action. This much-needed public outreach and awareness has the potential to lead to many positive outcomes: further development of dementia-friendly communities, improved health outcomes for people living with dementia and their care partners, destigmatization, ability to plan more adequately for the future, increased education and support, participation in critical research, and more. I am also very enthusiastic about sharing successes. Be on the lookout for updates and spotlights on our website, newsletter, and our Dementia Friends WA social media account.
What were your previous work and educational activities that led you to your current position?
My grandfather had Alzheimer’s disease and passed away in 2008, which made me interested in caregiving and learning more about the disease. I have an MBA in Healthcare Management and have worked in direct patient care, public health, and for local non-profits doing outreach and communications. The combination of professional and personal experiences have made me aware of the need for more education, support, resources, and inclusive communities for people living with dementia and their care partners, and also the growing number of people living with dementia.
What do you like to do outside of work? Any hobbies or passions?
I enjoy meditation, rock climbing, hiking, painting, drawing cartoons, reading, and FaceTiming with my 2-year old niece, Emma. I am an amateur rock hound and mushroom forager, too. I also serve on the City of Lynnwood’s Arts Commission and it brings me so much joy to support other artists.