I am a government civilian for the Department of Defense/U.S. Navy, specifically working in the role as Outreach and Public Affairs Officer for a Navy Cyber Command. I have worked for this organization for the past six years learning various roles such as a metric analyst/software developer and a project manager in our project management office. Previously, I had ten years experience in health care, and despite some of the nature of work I had to do, I loved caring for elders living in long-term care because I learned so much about people, how to make work meaningful, and experienced what real care is. When I went back to school, my interest continued in studying organizational culture change and how people create meaning in their work.
Another current passion of mine is coaching functional fitness. I am a CrossFit Level 2 certified trainer, currently coaching at CrossFit Norfolk (CFN). This is a gym that is as diverse as I am with a mixture of “misfits” in all different stages of life but with specific goals: self-improvement, functional fitness, and mental toughness. I enjoy coaching others who are in pursuit of self-improvement and functional fitness.
At the beginning of this year, I decided to be a competitive athlete in Olympic Weightlifting. I joined the East Coast Gold (ECG) Weightlifting team and am now coached by Phil Sabatini. Under his coaching, I competed in my first National meet at Master’s Nationals in March 2019, and set a national record in my age group and weight class! Who knew??!!
Throughout my life, I have learned that doing in the service for others is how meaning and life fulfillment is created. Last year, during my search for a personal mission, I decided on my mission statement:
To become a person of impact in the service of others, alleviating human suffering, raising the voices of those typically silenced or oppressed, and giving all of me to making a difference in other people’s lives.
I hope that sharing my reflections and insights provides an opportunity wherein we can connect, share and learn from each other. Please send me a message if you want to connect.