Boynton Beach, FL
Owner and operator of a web-based photography business
June 2010 to Present
www.lilypadoriginals.net. Original photography of varying subject matter. Private photo shoots available as requested as well.
Licensed foster parent for medically fragile children
April 2006 to Present
Specialized trainings on tracheostomy care including daily care and removal/replacement and all aspects of suctioning, g-tube feedings including care of g-tube, feedings, and removal/replacement. Ng-tube feedings and removal/replacement, assistive device use, VP shunts, habilitation/therapeutic assistance for oral/motor defensiveness, wound care, teaching/learning baby sign language (I learn them and teach them concurrently). Facilitation of team meetings and coordination of care for children with team providing support, IEP meetings, and many more duties as they arise.
Dependency case manager
December 2010 to April 2011
for the Department of Children and Families. Position includes all duties of case management for children and families dealing with abuse, neglect, and other maltreatments of children including domestic violence and substance abuse. Court appearances, field work in families homes, and all administrative duties required to document all case work.
Guardian Ad Litem
January 2010 to January 2011
Court appointed Guardian Ad Litem for the Palm Beach County. The State of Florida Guardian ad Litem program trains and certifies citizens to represent the best interests of their assigned child(ren). The volunteer, working with the GAL team, advocates for the best interest and needs of the child before the court, as well as within the social service agencies. The GAL follows the child's progress throughout the duration of the case, monitoring the child's safety, well being and welfare, and advocating for permanency for children. That may involve working toward return to a safe and loving home, or advocating for a permanent adoptive home. Mandatory reports due each month to program and to the court, as well as court appearances, and home visitations. http://www.guardianadlitem6.org/whatis.php
Home Health Aide
2009 to January 2009
- 10191 W. Sample Road Suite #217, Coral Springs, Florida. (888) 750-6846. Assist elderly and disabled with ADLs (activities of daily living). This includes: bathing, dressing, grooming, transfers, and toileting. Remind patients to take prescribed medications. Observes patients for cognitive and physical changes; reports and documents any changes to nurse. End of life and palliative care experience working hand in hand with hospice both through this agency and in private duty. Prepare meals, shopping, errands, and transport patients to and from appointments. Light-Housekeeping: vacuuming, dusting, laundry, etc.
Maintain safety precautions including: keeping floors dry and clutter free. Professional and have a passion for the elderly. Various other duties as requested.
November 2004 to August 2008
case manager) Duties include, but not limited to coordinating the care for a number of families that have children involved in the behavioral health system, juvenile justice system, foster care, as well as clients with dual diagnosis (SMI), and other disabilities as well attending CFT meetings with all members of the child's team (including child protective services, case managers from varying agencies, parents, clients, etc), direct one on one support of the child working on all areas of independent living skills, coping skills, activities of daily living, and more. I provided supervision of direct support staff working with our families, clinical supervision as well as all areas of administrative job requirements of direct support staff, training staff on positive behavioral support techniques, ensuring job requirements are met by staff, overview of administrative documentation and timesheets of direct support staff. Other duties included scheduling of all direct support workers, on call coordination on our crisis line in rotation with other coordinators. Full time scheduling coordinator/manager for all families in the agency as well as direct support working one on one with families during that time. I staffed 24/7 for well over 100 staff and 80 families providing support staff in their homes. Duties included setting up schedules in advance as well as crisis staffing for children in crisis situations, and last minute call out staffing when scheduled staff was unable to fulfill their shifts. Trained in therapeutic crisis intervention (TCI) training.
Staffing coordinator for approximately
September 2002 to November 2004
15-20 group homes full time as well as one on one work as a behavioral health technician working with clients with developmental disabilities and serious mental illnesses. Staffing coordinator responsibilities included but not limited to all scheduling needs of group homes, staff, and coordinators overseeing homes. Round the clock 24/7 staffing handling all staffing calls as well as after hours emergencies. Worked direct support as emergency fill in when other staff not available, as well as by choice.
Day care business/home health aide
March 1989 to September 2002
85208. owned my own Christian based day care business providing care to many children over the years in doing so allowing me to stay at home and raise my own children as well. All areas of child care, as well as special needs and medically involved children cared for, as well as working as a home health aide both privately and through an agency.
Home Health Aide
2000 to 2000
2000. Please call Mary Gudewich for verification of home health aide services provided for hospice. 480-330-6615***
Associates in Criminal Justice
Bachelors in Psychology/Criminal Justice