Sarah joined WCC’s team in July as the Veterans and Military Family Service Manager. As a licensed mental health professional, in this role she will interview Veteran applicants to help determine their needs and how a service dog can help improve their daily living, provide support to Veterans throughout the service dog application and training process, and on-going follow-up support to graduates of the program.
Having served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, Sarah is a Veteran herself and brings her experience and unique perspective to WCC’s team.
“I was working in cybersecurity — a completely unrelated field while in the Marine Corps but it was during that time that I became interested in social work and helping Veterans,” said Sarah. “It was there through the people I met and their experiences with trauma and PTSD that I knew I wanted to work in a capacity to help Veterans.”
Prior to coming to WCC, Sarah worked at a skilled nursing home facility and previously interned at the Veterans Health Administration. Sarah graduated from the Simmons School of Social Work in Boston, Mass. with her master’s degree in 2018, and she completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Maryland, University College.
An avid animal lover since childhood, Sarah says she believes strongly that service animals can play a key role in the rehabilitation of service members and Veterans and is excited to be a part of the WCC community.
“Everyone is very open and friendly, you can tell that they all want what’s best for the Veterans and the dogs and that they’re really rooting for the best for all of them,” said Sarah. “It’s been such a positive experience to watch the Veterans work with the dogs and how they interact”
Sarah has a cat named Kit-Kat the Kitty Cat. When not working, she enjoys gardening and being outdoors.