Born in Columbia, South Carolina, I grew up in Richmond, Virginia (USA) and spent time in Boulder and Denver, Colorado and Portland, Oregon before moving to Wellington, New Zealand as a Fulbright Fellow in 2015. I was only supposed to be here for ten months, but three years later, Wellington has become another home.
I'm a licensed attorney, but five years ago I transitioned my focus from traditional law to restorative justice. Restorative justice provided a way to look at wrongdoing and incidents of harm that just made sense - rather than simply punish and ostracize, let's seek to repair harm and prevent recurrence. I still provide workshops, training, facilitation, and consulting in restorative justice and restorative practices to businesses, government agencies, city councils, NGOs, universities, and schools as the Managing Director and Co-Founder of Aspen Restorative Consulting.
Through this work, I've come into contact with many people who were completely capable of handling their own conflict or incidents - they just needed some extra support in finding their way through it. Coaching has offered a way for me to offer that extra boost to clients in all areas of my work. (It might have something to do with the fact that my mom, Mimi, is also a fantastic coach!)
I approach both life and work with sincerity, compassion, and humor. To me, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing someone find clarity and peace in their life. Especially when we can have fun while doing it. I've had a coach of my own for several years, and so I know first-hand how invaluable it can be to have someone working alongside me, supporting new insights and keeping me accountable to the change I want to make.
I enjoy experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, learning to surf, camping and exploring New Zealand with my partner Benjamin and our friends, gardening, and traveling. I have aspirations to one day revive the best community garden to ever exist, Racey Gardens.
For a more detailed history of my work experience, have a look at my LinkedIn.
Education and Certifications
JURIS DOCTORATE (JD)
Public Interest Law
International Human Rights and Immigration Law. 2011
Lewis & Clark Law School. Portland, Oregon, USA
BACHELOR'S DEGREE (BA), PSYCHOLOGY
Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies.
Degree conferred 2006
University of Colorado at Boulder. Boulder, Colorado, USA
International Coach Federation
75-hour Transformative Coach Training. 2018
ICF-ACC Certification in Process. Wellington, New Zealand
Licensed to practice law in the state of Colorado
- Restorative Justice Facilitation
- Mediation Certification
- Motivational Interviewing
- Mental Health First Aid
- Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
- Strategies for Trauma Awareness & Resilience (STAR)
- RYT-200 Yoga Teacher