Jill earned her BA in Education and her MA in Counseling. She has concentrated her personal and professional passion in the areas of counseling, education, and wellness. For 15 years, she served as the primary counselor for adolescent and college students struggling with emotional and behavioral problems. In this role, Jill provided weekly individual and group therapy sessions to students with a variety of backgrounds. As a counselor and assistant to the Dean of Student Development at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona, she specialized in working with diverse cultural populations including several Native American Indian Tribes, offering personal and academic counseling.
Throughout her career, Jill has designed and directed educational programs to serve at-risk youth with the goal of increasing their self-esteem, learning potential, GPA, attendance, course completion, and graduation rate. She has authored two college-level manuals, Bridging the Gap for Continued Success and Life Skills. In her teaching days, based on nominations from her students, she received the Who’s Who Among High School Teachers award for 1990, 1991, 2002, 2003, and 2004. She served as Executive Director for the Durango Foundation of Educational Excellence, a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to enhance educational excellence by funding projects and programs that fall outside the possibilities of the district budget.
With the intention of broadening her knowledge of integrative wellness, Jill sought professional opportunities in the fields of physical and spiritual health. For three years, she was a regional vice president for an international and highly reputable health and wellness company. It was here she discovered her passion for educating others in the importance of botanically based, environmentally safe products. In October 2007, she was featured in the online magazine Connections for Women in an article entitled “The Amazing Tucson Woman.”
To further blend her experience in wellness, education, and counseling, Jill was inspired to start her own personal coaching business. Her coaching model emphasized the importance of achieving holistic life balance for lasting success. She earned her Life Coach Certification from The Life Coach Institute and later became its National Director of Admissions. In September 2010, she co-facilitated at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York, with renowned author and international speaker Raphael Cushnir on the topics of emotional connection and present-moment awareness.
Jill starts her days with an early-morning run. Her infectious positive energy and commitment to helping people become emotionally, physically, and spiritually balanced has made her a wonderful fit for Open Sky. In her spare time, you can find her socializing with friends at events in Durango and across the country.