Brenda received her BA in Spanish from the College of Wooster after a year of study abroad at the University of Madrid, Spain. She has experience in sales, international business, teaching, healthcare, and hospice. She was also the Activity Director/Assistant Director of an Adult Day Center where she developed therapeutic activities for and engaged with adults living with varying degrees of cognitive decline and intellectual disabilities.
Brenda entered the Recovery field in 2020 when she became the first grant funded CFRS in the state of Pennsylvania. She has extensive experience as a group leader and is certified as a facilitator for the Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM), SMART Recovery, the Invitation To Change Approach (ITC), and as a QPR Gatekeeper Instructor for the prevention of suicide. She is also certified in Mental Health First Aid and Basic Life Support.
Brenda has done extensive outreach with the local homeless population in the Lehigh Valley, providing resources and planting seeds of hope for a better future. She most recently developed a reentry program and provided case management services for individuals being released from Northampton County prison where she ran weekly woman’s empowerment groups.
In her free time, Brenda enjoys listening to music, gardening, crafting, and caring for her pets. She is a horse mom and is part of the therapeutic riding community at Manito Equestrian Center where she enjoys riding and caring for the horses.