I was born and raised in northern Westchester County. In 1989, I graduated magna cum laude from Colorado College, where I majored in cultural anthropology and minored in urban studies. I earned a master's degree in public policy and administration, with a concentration in education and social work, from Columbia University in 1995.

For seventeen years I held a number of progressively responsible direct service, supervisory and management positions with New York City agencies including the Departments of Probation and Correction, the Mayor's Office of the Criminal Justice Coordinator, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Police Department. These positions afforded me ample opportunity to practice behavioral modification counseling, including intake assessments, individual and group work, and discharge planning; conduct strategic planning and program needs assessments; and design, implement and manage a broad range of social service programs.

I am a certified professional coach with the Coaches Training Institute. I am also pre-certified in organization and relationship coaching with the Center for Right Relationship. Furthermore, I am a certified community mediator, having trained and apprenticed with the Columbia University School of Law and the Safe Horizon Center for Mediation. I have significant coaching and mediation experience with individuals in employment transition and personal crisis, aspiring and established entrepreneurs, and couples, families, business partners and corporate and non-profit teams in conflict.

Currently, I serve as Director of Mediation Services for New York City Civil Court, in addition to my private coaching and mediation practice. I am an active member of the New York State Dispute Resolution Association and the New York City Chapter of the International Coach Federation. When I am not coaching and mediating, I am busy managing my own small business incubator, called Hatch Business Ventures LLC. I also enjoy motorcycling, jewelry design, silversmithing and cooking.