"The best parts of my job are the success stories. Each of us writes the stories we tell, and there is nothing more rewarding than to see a student evolve into their own success story. I love being able to be a part of the transformative process students experience as they begin to heal, face challenges, find themselves, and develop confidence.”Read More Read Less
- MBA — in progress
- B.A Sociocultural Anthropology, French Minor
- Experience in youth mentoring since 2011
Kari has always been passionate about positively influencing the lives of youth and the community. As a Residential Manager, Kari is determined to help youth set meaningful goals, develop confidence, and learn resiliency through intentional relationship building. Kari understands that our goals identify us. Goals can determine who we become, and so her approach towards mentoring students and employees stems from the belief that you can do anything you put your mind to, especially if you have a support group cheering you on.
Kari has served in leadership and mentoring roles in the non-profit arena, volunteer work, and at Gateway. Prior to her experience at Gateway, Kari managed a professional development program, People Helping People, where she helped clients asses their strengths, develop confidence, overcome barriers, and develop relationships. She also gained mentoring experience through her volunteer work with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, Community Action and TOPS. After completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociocultural Anthropology and an conducting an extensive research thesis regarding Experiential Learning, Kari sought out an opportunity to continue mentoring through experiential learning. Gateway was a natural fit. While at Gateway, Kari has developed crisis de-escalation skills, has established relationships, developed and lead staff trainings, and has expanded service opportunities for students.
Kari loves spending her free time with her husband, dog, and bearded dragon. She also enjoys playing piano, hiking, paddle boarding, speaking French and Slovak, completing art projects, and dabbling in graphic design.
"The best part of my job is the opportunity to build a healthy relationship with each student, as well as being part of our students' process of healing and growth into more healthy and happy young men."
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- Experience in Residential Treatment since 2014
- Educational experience in Behavioral Science
- Worked with youth in Foster Care Foundation
- 8 years combined experience in Customer Service and Management