Jill-Kristi earned her Master of Social Work degree from The University of Maryland Baltimore in 1999 and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Towson State University. She is a licensed certified social worker-clinical. Jill-Kristi joined Loyola as an Affiliate Instructor in 2008.
Jill-Kristi began her career working with children who had survived abuse and neglect and were experiencing significant behavioral and mental health issues. After years in this area, she decided to practice social work in the business world. As an Employee Assistance Professional, Jill-Kristi provided solution focused therapy to employees in both private and federal agencies. She developed and maintained a national network of affiliate providers and provided Critical Incident Stress Debriefing to employees who witnessed or experienced traumatic events such as natural disaster, violence, or death. Although her work in Employee Assistance programs provided valuable experience, her desire to work with children persevered. She returned to her passion of working with children, adolescents, and teens and has continued this work over the last fourteen years. Jill-Kristi specializes in the treatment of children who have been sexually abused, as well as adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. She enjoys developing supportive, therapeutic, relationships with her clients and helping them, along with their families, recognize their strengths and heal from complex trauma. In her quest to help protect children from abuse and neglect, Jill-Kristi serves as a consultant in legal cases and provides expert witness testimony.
In addition to her work in private practice and consultation, Jill-Kristi currently works in the Baltimore City Public School System where she assists students with disabilities ensuring that they have equal access to quality education. She specializes in behavior modification and frequently analyzes behavioral patterns in order to develop innovative intervention strategies that help students succeed in the education environment.
Jill-Kristi enjoys sharing her passion for the social work profession through supervision of undergraduate/graduate students, mentoring new social workers, and teaching undergraduate students. Her devotion to social work is consistently reinforced by her students’ enthusiasm.
Jill-Kristi’s passion for social work doesn’t stop at the end of the work day. She continues her work through mentoring neighborhood children and advocating for animals. She is the mom of three “fur babies” and frequently welcomes rescued dogs into her home until suitable homes are found. When not working, you will find Jill-Kristi at the gym, reading a great book, or just relaxing on the beach.