Hi, I’m Jessica. I can’t get enough of watching dogs roll in the grass, laughing so hard it hurts, and connecting people to life-changing resources.
No matter what I’m doing – compassion fatigue education, writing about animal welfare issues, or taking care of my clients’ dogs – my work is ultimately all about:
Helping people feel less isolated, more empowered, and better supported in their role as caregivers to people, pets, and our planet.
I’ve spent fifteen years working with companion animals in a variety of ways including: managing social media for national animal welfare organizations, caring for animals and facilitating adoptions at my local animal shelter, volunteering for pit bull advocacy and pet owner support groups, and running my own dog walking company.
Over time I witnessed the negative effects of Compassion Fatigue on my clients, friends, volunteers, and coworkers. And I experienced it myself.
Now I’m a Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator (CFE) via The Green Cross. I obtained my training through the Figley Institute, Tend Academy, and the International Association of Trauma Professionals.
Today I get to help those that help others. It’s an honor.
I love being in your corner.
I live in Maine and write a popular blog about my life with dogs. I’m the creator of DINOS: Dogs in Need of Space, which provides free resources to dog owners and animal service professionals around the world, and author of The Official Guide to Living with DINOS.
More on the professional front:
In addition to being a Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator, some of my other recent training and certifications include:
Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper training via the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Maine
Mental Health First Aid Certification via the National Council for Behavioral Health
International Association of Trauma Professionals Compassion Fatigue Professional training
Compassion Fatigue Solutions’ Walking the Walk- Creative Tools for Transforming CF training
Tend Academy’s Train the Trainer booster workshop and Care4You conference
Certificate in Stress Management via ALLEGRA Learning Solutions
Certified Humane Education Specialist via the Humane Society of the United States
BA in Art History from Temple University
And I’m currently earning my MS in Adult and Higher Education at the University of Southern Maine. Go Huskies!
Some of the organizations I have worked with include: University of Florida’s Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program, ASPCA, International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, Michigan State University’s Veterinary Medical Center, New England Dog Training Club, and BAD RAP.
Just For Fun:
My Myers-Briggs type: INFJ. INFJs are a bunch of old souls that make up less than 1% of the population.
You can always find me: In a class, like creative writing workshops and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programs. I dig learning.
My top 5 Strengths according to Gallup: Empathy, Input, Intellection, Maximizer, and Relator (I can’t recommend this assessment enough).
I really love hanging out at my local library. If sleeping over at the library was an option, I’d be the first to sign up.
My top 2 Voice Values: Helpfulness + Playfulness. Everything I do is right there in those two words.
Other places you might find me: Drive-in movies, old post offices, beginner yoga classes, book stores, in the woods, and out to brunch. Man, I really love brunch.
Want to Work Together?
Me too! Connect with me here and let’s talk about how we can make good stuff happen.