JP’s wandering career path led her to FSI through her passion for mentoring others and her experience running programs in the mental health and addiction fields. She studied Spanish and Public Relations in undergrad at UNC-Chapel Hill, and earned her Masters in Education while studying Environmental Education and Restoration Ecology at the University of Washington. JP is experienced in responding to crises and is an instructor for both Red Cross CPR/First Aid and Therapeutic Crisis Intervention. She brings her honest, laid-back communication style to work with her and is constantly practicing the art of giving and receiving feedback.
JP is originally from Cary, NC and has lived in Sevilla, Spain and Seattle, WA. She is the proud and playful mother of two young children and the well-fed wife of a former chef. JP loves to read (mostly historical fiction), garden, swim, and go on adventures. JP leads a BSA Scout troop for girls, where they practice outdoor skills and character development. Her claim to fame, especially with children, is that her grandfather’s name was Harry Potter. JP’s favorite place in the world is sitting on her front porch, looking out over the garden.