Vanessa holds a Master of Social Work from Augsburg University and is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. Since entering the field of social work, she has helped individuals experiencing homelessness find and maintain permanent housing, and has provided case management and treatment services to people with mental health diagnoses or experiencing mental health crises. Vanessa is passionate about advocating for individuals and families on both the individual and systems levels, and engages in public policy advocacy and social justice work whenever she can.
Vanessa has a bachelor’s degree in music, and plays and writes music during her free time. She plays various instruments, including oboe, flute, guitar, and voice, and is excited about recently acquiring a ukulele! She is continuously awed by the healing power of music, and hopes to further explore the role of music in healing from trauma. Vanessa also enjoys reading, watching science fiction and reality TV, playing board games, and spending time with her dog and four cats.
Vanessa is excited to join the Ampersand Families team to advocate and support youth and families as they work toward permanency and healing. She approaches her work with an attitude of curiosity, an open mind, and empathy. She is looking forward to working alongside Ampersand youth and families on their permanency journeys!