Describe your role here. What is an average day like?
Every day is different. In a single day, you can find me meeting young adult (YA) patients and their families, managing the YA website, organizing continuing education seminars for Dana-Farber faculty and staff, and collaborating with Care Coordination and other departments to provide supportive and educational programs for YA patients and caregivers. As a member of the Cultural Observances Committee, I also help plan events, such as the National Women’s History Month talk.
What is your educational background?
I earned a master's degree in higher education administration from the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor and a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Vermont. My professional background is strongly grounded in social justice education, leadership development, community organizing, and ally development.
What brought you to Dana-Farber?
I moved back to Boston after graduate school, looking for a job that would keep developmental programming for young adults at the center of my professional role. I have experience with ground-up program development and recognized that my contributions here could help fill a gap in support that many young adult patients experience. Taking on this role has proven to be an interesting, fulfilling, and educational experience.
What is most rewarding about your work here?
The Young Adult Program addresses the unique psychosocial needs of our YA patients. There is no greater feeling than when patients express their thanks for the positive effect that this program – through peer connection and emotional support – has on their experience at Dana-Farber.
How does your role contribute to the mission of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute?
Our mission is to relieve the emotional burden of cancer during young adulthood – a direct link with Dana-Farber’s mission. We achieve this by providing exceptional and compassionate psychosocial care, educational opportunities that promote personal empowerment and self-advocacy, and connection with a supportive young adult community.
What do you do for fun in your spare time?
Two things I really love are music and the outdoors. I have DJ'd at a few university radio stations, playing mostly hip hop, funk, and neo-soul. I do as much as I can outdoors – run, bike, hike, and snowshoe.