How does a business background “fit” with Marriage and Family Therapy? Very well! For 25 years, I have conducted thousands of interviews with respondents in both group and one-on-one settings. In so doing, I have developed excellent relational skills – establishing rapport quickly, listening carefully (for what is spoken and left unspoken), encouraging trust and sharing, empathizing with a wide spectrum of emotions, and helping people articulate their thoughts and feelings.
2006 – 2008
MA – Marriage & Family Therapy, St. Mary’s University of MN
MBA – Marketing, University of Minnesota
BA – English & History, University of Minnesota
Fairview Recovery Services, Minneapolis, MN
Teach psychoeducational modules and co-facilitate support groups of patients in chemical dependency recovery and their family members.
Cornerstone, Bloomington, MN
Provided one-on-one therapy to women who have experienced domestic violence or abuse; co-facilitated survivor support group; co-facilitated a parenting support group; and taught a semi-annual parenting class for women with teens.
1998-2006 Excelsior Covenant Church, Excelsior, MN
Trained as a Stephen’s Minister (a lay program that offers caring to hurting parishioners); led many parenting and adult education classes; and co-chair, Covenant Women Ministries.
OTHER RELEVANT EXPERIENCE:
Owner, Intellisense Inc., a full service qualitative marketing research firm
- Intellisense helps Fortune 500 clients gain insights into the attitudes, beliefs and preferences of their customers, prospects, sales force, and competitors.
- Typical sessions would involve meetings with 1, 3, or up to ten participants.
- Issues might include sensitive topics like personal finances, personal hygiene, or intangible products like insurance, investments, and communication.
Senior Account Manager, Custom Research Inc.
Responsible for sales of marketing research in the NW region of the US.
Senior Analyst, The Clorox Company
Responsible for all marketing research on Liquid Plumrâ and Kingsford Charcoal.
Project Manager, The Pillsbury Company
Responsible for all marketing research on dessert products.
Instructor, St. Cloud State University
Taught Marketing, Consumer Behavior, and Marketing Research.