“I learned about Project Helping during the worst year of my life. I initially met Justin to inquire about a possible future position and was shocked by how much the mission and vision of Project Helping positively impacted my ability to process a year I would not wish on my worst enemy. I started as a volunteer, then moved into part-time work and am now thrilled to be the first ever Program Director for Kyndfulness for Kids! I have known that it is my calling to work with or on behalf of children from a very young age. I have over a decade of advocating, supporting, guiding, challenging and loving youth from all walks of life. My “little brothers” Tyler and Tre became the initial reason for this passion when they were placed in our home while I was in high school and what continues to motivate me to believe in and pour into the lives of our most valuable assets -our youth. As they say, “It takes a village,” and I sincerely believe in the healing power of positive, consistent adults for children navigating our tricky world.”
Tricia is a proud Colorado native, born in the gorgeous mountains of the Vail Valley. She started skiing when she was just three years old and has fond memories of camping, hiking, and taking in all that our wonderful state has to offer. She was blessed to be able to spend high school near all of her extended family in Iowa where she learned she actually doesn’t hate country music and how much beauty the often-overlooked state really does have. From there, Tricia earned a CSWE-accredited BA in Social Work at Hope College (MI), her MSW at the University of Illinois at Chicago (IL), a JD with a concentration in Children and Families at Barry University (FL), and spent a life-changing semester in Philadelphia (PA). She strongly feels that these varied experiences created an opportunity to have depth and understanding of diverse populations that she would have otherwise missed. Tricia and her husband, Andrew, moved back to Colorado in early 2012 and have no plans of leaving anytime soon.
When not working, you can find Tricia taking a million snapchats of her sweet rescue-mutt, Hobbes Havarti, watching her crazy-athletic husband compete, camping and climbing mountains with girlfriends, doing any and all things social or planning her next international adventure. She is passionate and tenacious and could not be more excited to manage, grow, and develop K4K into the thriving program she knows it will soon become.