How did you discover your passion for what you do, and what opportunities have helped shape your career?

I began thinking of a career in criminal justice when I was younger as I enjoyed watching CSI with my dad. This interested me in the criminal justice system and made me pursue a career in this field. As I got older, I began finding actives in these fields. I was a Police Explorer at the local police station in high school. Then in college, I had an internship with a federal agency. All of these experiences, plus my education, helped me have a passion for criminal justice and helping change people’s lives.


Who has been an invaluable mentor for your professional career? What did you learn from them?

A former college professor of mine has been a huge mentor to me and has helped propel me into my dream career. He had previously worked for a federal agency and was able to give me great advice on how to reach my dreams.  He believed in me during college and helped me with internship recommendations. He taught me to always be honest and to work hard, but to enjoy life. This field can be very difficult and stressful due to long hours and safety. He taught me to always be alert and safe, but to also find a colleague you trust and confide in to help alleviate that stress.


How do you make sure you stay connected with your professional network?

To stay connected to my professional network, I listen to judiciary podcasts, speak with colleagues, attend trainings on a regular basis and stay in contact with my former professors. Continuing my education through training offered online has been very helpful and has helped me meet people within my professional career. I also love speaking to my former professors’ classes to share the passion that I have for my job and sharing the world of federal probation which oftentimes people do not even know exists.


How have friendships helped you professionally? Is there a friend (or Delta Zeta sister) that has been behind you every step of the way on your career journey?

Friendships have been crucial to me obtaining my job. If it weren’t for the relationships that I’ve built in college, I would not be in the position that I am. Friendships are so important and having your tight-knit community around you, who know you, love and trust you, is something my parents taught me at a young age, and I have carried that with me through life. In graduate school, another woman and I met our very first day of our program. We became great friends. She started her professional career as a star probation officer and spoke highly of it which is the reason I applied for that position as well. She helped coach me on the interview, and I landed the job. She has played an integral part in my life and career path.