Greetings! I have been a passionate advocate for health promotion for students for 30 years. Originally educated as a registered nurse, I quickly shifted my focus to prevention, became a Certified Prevention Consultant, and earned my master's in Family and Consumer Sciences. Collaborating with stakeholders in community agencies and 56 schools in three counties, I have advanced coordinated school health through networking, communication, and data-based decision-making. Through these collaborations, I have written proposals to successfully receive funding totaling over $3 million to support coordinated school health in my region. I advocate for programs and policies to improve the health of students, and I served as the Legislative Committee Chair for the Michigan Coordinated School Health Association for many years. I co-authored the evidence-based Michigan Model for Health and have trained hundreds of educators across the country in its use. As author of Puberty: The Wonder Years, I advocate for skills-based, comprehensive, sexuality education that starts early, involves parents, and meets students’ needs. Among my favorite activities are answering students’ questions about sexuality and equipping others to be “ask-able” adults. With these credentials and my dynamic presentation style,I often provide presentations on school health and advocacy at state and national conferences.
My vision is that all children and adolescents will have accurate information and effective skills shared by reliable, trusted adults so they can develop into sexually healthy adults. My mission is to advance sexuality education that includes partnership with parents and other trusted adults. My core purpose: To equip young people with knowledge and skills needed to develop into sexually healthy adults.