I joined Walker Methodist in 2019, and my path here was full of twists and turns—but it all started with my passion for birth. Most people don’t connect senior living with birth, but the two are connected for me. Passionate about helping families experiencing challenges, I trained as a childbirth doula but decided to explore chaplaincy because I was busy with young children at home. My residency focused on labor and delivery units, but I also supported people and their loved ones during end-of-life. That’s how I discovered a new passion. Just like birth, moments at the end of life are every bit as sacred, tender, meaningful, and mysterious.
At Walker Methodist, I am grateful to support people in tender moments like end-of-life, but I also get to know residents and families before that becomes part of the equation. I experience life with folks I serve well before their earthly life ends. It is truly the best of both worlds.
As chaplain for Walker Methodist Plaza (Anoka) and Levande (Cambridge), I build relationships and offer support and programs to people who live and work in these communities. As team wellness chaplain for Walker Methodist, I share resources and support with team members, such as sessions about self-care, wellness, and more. This is a new program, and I am so excited to help our amazing team members become even stronger and more resilient.
With a desire to create relationships, I make space for people to feel heard, comfortable, and respected. I can help people reframe thoughts and feelings, inviting them to consider other interpretations or ideas, as well as see the bigger picture. Each day, I get to listen and offer a safe space for others to process—and laugh.
When I’m not working, you can find me chauffeuring my kids, sharing meals with family, listening to podcasts and reading, doing housework, and spending time with loved ones. I also enjoy crocheting. My husband, Tom, and I have three amazing kids, plus a sun conure parrot and a crested gecko.
Before becoming a chaplain at Walker Methodist, I served as a chaplain in med-surg, labor and delivery, and long-term rehab units. I also practiced clinical mental health, specializing in dialectal behavioral therapy. I received my Bachelor’s degree in biblical and theological studies from Bethel University, minoring in biblical Greek and biblical languages. I completed my Master’s degree at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities with a focus in pastoral care and counseling. I also earned a second Master’s degree: marriage and family therapy from Bethel Seminary.