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:
I hold a Master of Science in Adult and Higher Education from the University of Southern Maine. Go Huskies!
I love continuing education. Here are a few of the certificates I’ve earned recently:
Train the Trainer and Organizational Health in Trauma-Exposed Environments: Essentials via Tend Academy
Compassion Fatigue Solutions’ Walking the Walk- Creative Tools for Transforming CF
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 and Traumatology Institute CF Educator trainings
Certificate in Stress Management via ALLEGRA Learning Solutions
Certified Humane Education Specialist via the Humane Society of the United States
I have a BA in Art History from Temple University too (I really like museum gift shops).
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.
My top 5 Strengths according to Gallup: Empathy, Input, Intellection, Maximizer, and Relator (I can’t recommend this assessment enough).
You can always find me 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 place you might spot me: Drive-in movies, old post offices, beginner yoga classes, continuing ed classes, walking in the woods, and out to brunch (the best meal!).
Want to Work Together?
Me too! Connect with me here and let’s talk about how we can make good stuff happen.