Community Outreach Coordinator
Oklahoma City, OK
I heard an interview with Kim Meeder when I was eight years old and felt convicted, as only an eight-year-old can feel convicted, that Crystal Peaks would somehow be in my future. Across the years, I have followed the growth of Crystal Peaks and have kept the dream alive that someday I might serve with this team. I am humbled and amazed that, a decade and a half later, here I am!
After graduating nursing school, I worked in a level one trauma unit in downtown OKC. Confronting literally and figuratively broken people on a daily basis was good and hard and rewarding and tragic all rolled up together. In the midst of this reality, the Lord stirred in me a desire to continue to help heal the broken, but to expand my reach to where I might make an impact BEFORE catastrophic decisions brought broken people and their families to my trauma bay.
It can be both terrifying and awe-inspiring to pray for the Lord to open doors for you. In a matter of 3 short months I went from exploring the potential Crystal Peaks offered to resigning my nursing job, loading my dog into my car, and moving by myself cross country to Bend. It has been a whirlwind, but one He has obviously orchestrated! Again, the words “humbled” and “amazed” continue to fill my heart.
I love getting to spend my days working at a place surrounded by horses, mountains, and Jesus. I am grateful for the opportunities to love on kiddos and their families, and I am thankful that Crystal Peaks is a place that we can be real, both with ourselves and with each other. None of us need to pretend to have it all together, but all of us can point to the One who does. Every morning when I walk up the driveway, I am reminded of Psalm 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” And I am beyond excited to join the rest of the staff here in echoing that truth!
What is your favorite coffee drink:
From the darkest gas station brew to the most sugary Dutch Bros’ drink, I have a policy of never saying no to coffee. My tastes change with the season, but my current go-to is a vanilla breve.
What do you like to do in your free time:
As a former white water raft guide, you can probably find me playing in the white water park on my days off. Whether I’m spending time on a raft, kayak, or surf board, river days are good days!
What do you love about Central Oregon:
As a transplant from the rather flat state of Oklahoma, I am in daily awe of the mountains, trees, and rivers that now fill my world.