I attended one year at Dixie College and enjoyed participating in my general education courses while there. As soon as possible, I enrolled in Cosmetology School at Hairitage Hair Academy. I’ve always had a love for hair and creativity. I graduated from Cosmetology school after completing the 2,000 required hours. I’ve continued my education with advanced haircutting courses and advanced hair coloring courses. I’m also CPR certified & First Aid Certified.
Admissions Counselor, Diamond Ranch Academy
Custom Jewelry, Tom Design Shop
Hair Dresser, United Hairlines
Home Salon owner, 13 years
Certified Lifeguard, 3 years
In my spare time, you can find me in my kitchen cooking meals, or baking goodies for my family, driving from the football field to the volleyball court, to the baseball field- cheering on my kids. I have a passion for interior design and decorating. Going to the lake with my family, is one of my favorite things to do. I enjoy exercising. In 2013 my husband and I competed in, and finished, the St. George Half Iron Man together. I’ve ran in several 5k’s, 10k’s, and Half Marathons. I’m always up for an adventure. Certifying to scuba dive, is my most recent adventure, and I love it.
COMMENTS ON DRA
Diamond Ranch Academy: the staff, the program, the facility, are all top notch! Since day one of working for Diamond Ranch Academy, I have learned so much to implement in my own life as a mom of four kids (three of those being teenagers). The life skills training, the therapy, and the education that these students are receiving, is setting them up for success in their lives. This program changes the lives of these youth for the better! There is no better investment than the investment we put into our children.
Associates of Science – Dixie State College of Utah
High School Diploma – Laurel High School
First Aid Certified
Asst. Program Director; Diamond Ranch Academy
Staff Supervisor; Diamond Ranch Academy
YDS/Work Staff; Diamond Ranch Academy
- Sports, I love all sports but my favorites are softball and volleyball
- Playing piano
- Spending time with family and friends
Comments on DRA
Diamond Ranch Academy is so special to me. I have worked on and off here for 10 years. There is no other place I would rather work. I have developed relationships and bonds that I’ll have the rest of my life. To be able to see these students come in lost and struggling and see them learn and grow and get that light back in their eyes is the greatest thing ever. Not only do they learn and develop the tools they need to be successful in life; they also mend those relationships with their families and there is no greater joy then to see families heal together. Not only do I get to see families heal and come back together again, Diamond Ranch also helps me as a mother to my four beautiful children. I feel like I learn so much from working in such a great environment with the best colleagues around. I truly feel blessed to be a part of such a great organization.
High School Graduate from Centennial H. S. year: 2004
Community College of Southern Nevada year: 2004−2005
Dixie State University 2007−2008
Western Governors University 2008−2014
First Aid and PCS certifications
Centennial Religious Seminary 2000−2004, Full-time Missionary Service 2005-2007, Dixie State University Institute of Religion 2008-2012
Certified Lifeguard and Swim Instructor May 2001− May 2004
Customer Service Rep. U−HAUL May 2004− Feb. 2005
Diamond Ranch Academy Feb. 2007− Present
Youth Development Staff (2007− 2007)
Head Youth Development Staff (2007− 2008)
Academic Youth Development Staff (2008−2008)
Academic Para Professional (2008− 2010)
Daytime Assistant Program Director (2010-2011)
Night time Assistant Program Director (2011)
Admissions Counselor (2011- present)
Ever since I was a child, I had a great desire to be challenged. Being apart of a sports that tests you, not only physically but mentally and emotionally as well, have taught me how to be a leader and to never give up when pursuing your goals and dreams. The sports I chose to compete in were Swimming and Wrestling and was blessed by my efforts. After High School, I decided to branch out from strictly wrestling and competed in Mixed Martial Arts competitions placing at the National level. Physical Fitness in general is a large part of my life. When I was twelve years old, the only thing I asked for on my birthday was a gym membership to 24 Hour Fitness. Since that time, lifting weights has become so important to me. I also have a passion for Education. I love to learn. My favorite topic of study is Religious Education. I love studying different religious material and coming to know my Higher Power. Now that I have a family of my own, it has become ever more important to me to set an example of hard work and dedication to good causes.
Comments on DRA
When considering my employment to DRA, I had two different choices. One was becoming a tour guide for an Alaskan Resort and the other to come to Southern Utah to work at a Youth Residential Treatment Center (DRA). After considering both options, I chose to work at Diamond Ranch Academy and am forever grateful for the choice I was led to make. Upon coming to DRA, I thought I had life figured out. After working at DRA for a month, I realized I had a lot to learn about life in general and specifically how I was going to make my mark on the World. I realized being apart of DRA helps me reach my ultimate goal of making my mark of positive influence on the world. Being Part of a team that works together in striving to teach correct principles and set positive examples for the youth that come to DRA has been a great blessing in my life. Each individual that leaves DRA has the opportunity to take what they were taught here and make their own personal mark on the world. To be apart of something that big is beautiful and I love it!
Stringham Real Estate
Weber State University
Weber High School
House Parent, Family Support Center
Front End Manager, Smith’s
Developmental Staff, The ARC
My first priority is my husband and my children. I love being a mom and enjoy attending all their sports and dance events. My whole life I was involved in dancing and had my own dance company by the age of 18. Over the past 18 years I have worked extensively with people with disabilities as well as children and teens at risk. I have had the privilege of caring for seven foster children in my home over the years. One of my first experiences with at risk youth is when I ran the Family Support Center for abused and neglected children. Since then I have been involved with youth in church, community, and schools.
Comments on DRA
One of my duties at the Ranch is to help parents in the decision making process of sending their youth to Diamond Ranch Academy. It is very satisfying to be involved in helping parents with an option that helps them find hope for their child and see hundreds of lives change. I love what I do here and can not imagine a greater reward than seeing a youth graduate and knowing the difference it makes, not only for them but their whole family.