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Work experience

Aug 2010Present

MSW Practicum Student

Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice

*Provided bereavement counseling with individuals who have suffered the loss of a spouse/family member/friend

*Assisted in facilitation of group programs for individuals who have suffered the loss of a spouse/family member/friend

Aug 2008May 2009

MSW Practicum Student

COMCARE-Children's Services

*Provided case management to children/adolescents with serious emotional disturbances

*Advocated for children/adolescents with school staff


Personal Injury Protection/Bodily Injury Claim Representative

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company

*Responsible for handling first party injury claims and complex uninsured/underinsured motorist claims

*Communicated with medical providers through verbal and written correspondence

*Assisted with training of less experienced claim representatives

*Negotiated settlements of first party claims with policyholders and/or legal counsel

*Worked with vendors in handling of independent medical examinations and utilization reviews

*Performed duties of team manager during absences

*Worked extensively with attorneys in settlement of liability/uninsured motorist claims

*Worked with defense counsel on litigation files

*Provided assistance to team members on complex claim issues


Aug 2008May 2012


Wichita State University
Aug 1987May 1992

Bachelor of Arts

Wichita State University



Orren Dale

Nadine Reimer Penner, LSCSW

Cara Long, LMSW

Fred Besthorn


MSW Student Project

*Assisted in implementation of an educational mental health program in the 9th grade curriculum at USD 259


Community & Civic Activities

Chairperson of Valentine's Day Fundraiser (2003-2008)

The Independent School

*Coordinated largest fundraiser for Athletic Booster Club

*Recruited parent volunteers and organized team to assist with fundraiser

*Organized parents to create, sell and distribute valentines to school/students

Chairperson of Lunchtime Reader Program (2003-2005)

The Independent School

*Coordinated parent volunteers to read to students during the lunch hour

Religious Education Teach (2003-2008)

Church of the Magdalen

*Educated children in cathechism during weekly program

Fundraising Volunteer (2002-2003)


*Solicited donations for the YMCA's Strong Kids campaign

*Strong Kids provides safe after-school activities and athletic participation for at-risk youths in the Wichita area

Volunteer/Member (1995-1998)

Junior League of Wichita

*Volunteered at the Junior League Thrift Shop

*Participated as member of the Nominating Committee

*Responsible for selecting board members and committee chairpersons


To pursue a career working with children/adolescents and family systems in social services


Bereavement Risk Assessments
Completed bereavement assessments with spouses, siblings, family and friends, which included psycho-social-spiritual-physical aspects, in order to determine level of bereavement risk and risk of prolonged grief
Bereavement Counseling
Provided one on one bereavement counseling to individuals who have suffered the loss of a loved one, engaged in ongoing bereavement risk assessment, and engaged in evidence based interventions with clients
Group Facilitator
Co-facilitated bereavement group which focused on educational aspects of grief and loss, coping strategies, dimensions of grief, and signs of healing