Hiya, 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. Everything I do 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 doing adoptions at my local animal shelter, running a pit bull advocacy and pet owner support group, and hustling with 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 (CCFE) 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.
Most days you’ll find me doing a few different jobs: walking reactive dogs, teaching online (sometimes as adjunct faculty at UFL), coaching compassionate badasses, and facilitating workshops. No matter what I’m doing, I’m moved to action by the exact same things that drive Neil deGrasse Tyson (what are the odds?):
“For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson
If you’re curious, here’s a little more about my professional and personal life:
Master of Science in Adult and Higher Education, University of Southern Maine 2017
Positive Psychology Coaching, The Wholebeing Institute 2017
Train the Trainer and Organizational Health in Trauma-Exposed Environments: Essentials, Tend Academy 2015, 2017
Certified Mindfulness Facilitator: Mindful@Work + Mindful 365, Mindfulness Without Borders 2016, 2017
Mental Health First Aid Certification, National Council for Behavioral Health 2016
Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Maine 2015
Stress Management Certificate, ALLEGRA Learning Solutions 2015
International Association of Trauma Professionals Compassion Fatigue Professional and Traumatology Institute CF Educator 2014-2017
Walking the Walk- Creative Tools for Transforming CF, Compassion Fatigue Solutions 2014
Compassion Fatigue Educator Certification, Figley Institute 2013
BA in Art History, Temple University 2000 (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, The Academy of Dog Trainers, International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, Michigan State University’s Veterinary Medical Center, Maine Medical Center, New England Dog Training Club, and BAD RAP.
You may also know me from my projects:
DINOS: Dogs In Need of Space is a website filled with resources for people who live with dogs who are reactive, fearful, aggressive, you name it. I’m the author of The Official Guide to Living with DINOS. You can join Team DINOS over on Facebook!
Notes From a Dog Walker is a blog about my dog-filled life that I began on 2011. I love this blog so much, but I moved my writing over here to keep things simple.
I live in Maine with my husband and our cats, dogs, plus a whole lot of bird feeders.
My Myers-Briggs type: INFJ. INFJs are a bunch of old souls that make up less than 1% of the population. This is my fave MB test.
My top 5 Strengths according to Gallup: Empathy, Input, Intellection, Maximizer, and Relator.
And my top character strengths according to Via: Creativity, Humor, Love of Learning, Bravery, Honesty, and Perspective.
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.
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If you’re still reading, then you deserve something special. Behold! The outtakes from my photo shoot.