Vanessa obtained her Master of Social Work from the University of Indianapolis. Her concentration was in Mental Health and Addictions. Prior to pursuing her graduate studies, she passionately served individuals with developmental disabilities for several years. She believes that her passion stems from having a sister who was diagnosed with autism at a very young age. Vanessa has witnessed many of the challenges that may be faced by families who support loved ones with disabilities. From her professional and personal experience, she has observed that strengths-based and positive behavioral interventions are immensely beneficial in supporting the individuals she serves. Additionally, she believes that focusing on setting one-day-at-a-time, achievable objectives can effectively address challenges without overwhelming those we serve. In her free time, Vanessa spends time with loved ones (including her cat, Penny). She also enjoys travel, spontaneous plans, volunteering, and serving in various capacities within her church.