Creating Smiles has been my job since 2010 when I joined the PHS team. Starting in the environmental services area, my friendly and crafty talents were soon discovered and within two years I was a part of an amazing Life Enrichment Team. PHS mentors spent many years helping me develop more skills and talents, they helped me grow into the professional I am today, and achieve a goal I never thought possible, graduating from Ridgewater college in 2017 with an A.A.S. for Activity Director with NCCAP certification (along with AL, MC, PC specialties). I have also gone on to receive a CDCS (certified Dementia Communication Specialist) and CMDCP (Certified Montessori Dementia Care Professional) from ICCDP.
Some Fun facts: I challenged the CNA test in MN (and passed on the first try!) and have kept my standing for over 8 years, I have my CDL to drive the bus and I am NOT a fan of Bingo!
I currently work for PHS SummerWood of Chanhassen as the Life Enrichment Director. In 2015 I joined the MAPA board as Treasurer at the nudging of my College Professor and moved to President in 2021. I have been so blessed to be a part of such a wonderful team! Please feel free to reach out to me or any board member with any questions or ideas.