In 2016 I ventured to Haiti for the first time and during the plane ride there I felt as though I was going to visit family, my heart was drawn and I felt connected to this land I had never visited before. I came in contact with Beth and the teens of YES! my first day in Haiti and instantly felt a love for them I could not explain.

I continued to travel to Haiti roughly every six months, having visited 5 times now and spend more and more of my time with Beth and the YES! Teens during my visits. They have opened their arms and allowed me into their family and I could not be more thankful.

My background is in Social Work. I worked for the state of Oklahoma in Child Welfare for two and a half years with my focus on teens transitioning out of care. Two years ago, myself and my business partner started a Specialty Coffee and Liège Waffle food truck, The Red Bird Coffee Cart, with the intention of having a brick and mortar coffee shop in Yukon, Ok that mentors and employs teenagers transitioning out of the state’s custody. I have had a love for teenagers and aiding them during this pivotal stage in their life- this is precisely the mission of YES!. I am continually amazed at how the Lord aligns our hearts with places and people to carry out the work He has placed in our life.