Stephanie describes herself as a humanitarian, adventurer, world-traveler, giver, mentor, teacher, coach, feminist, avid runner, tea lover, and someone who is disgustingly optimistic. She has a passion for writing, photography, and most importantly, youth empowerment.
Stephanie currently works for a Southern Oregon non-profit, Citizens For Safe Schools, where she serves as a Mentor Support Specialist and a member of the Youth Attendance Team. This job allows Stephanie to work in the public school system in Klamath County, meeting with k-12 students in both the County and City schools. She is also the Junior Varsity and Assistant Varsity Volleyball Coach at Klamath Union High School. Her passion for youth doesn’t end there; Stephanie is the Executive Director of Klamath Basin Youth Without Borders, an organization that she co-founded back in 2005. Stephanie has participated, and led, home-building projects in Thailand, Brazil, and most recently, Trinidad & Tobago.
Over the past seven years, Stephanie has been involved in different organizations and programs with the mission of empowering youth. From 2009 to 2014, she was a contestant and local titleholder in the Miss America Organization, where her personal platform was ‘YOUth Empowerment’. This platform allowed her to speak in many different schools, help students develop leadership skills, and promote volunteerism. One of her favorite organizations she’s been involved with is the Oregon Association of Student Councils; Stephanie began as a camper back in 2008, and went on to become a Junior Counselor and has also helped out at the Fall and Spring Conference, as well as the Winter Energizer.
Stephanie is a 2013 graduate from the University of Oregon, where she earned a Bachelor of Education in Family and Human Services with a Minor in Political Science. She was actively involved on campus where she served as an ASUO Senator, participated in intramural sports, and was a member of Sorority Delta Delta Delta where she held the offices of both Philanthropy Chairman and New Member Educator. Stephanie will begin working on her Masters of Art in Teaching (Secondary Social Sciences) this summer. After teaching for awhile, she plans on going back to school to earn a Masters in Public Policy and continue being an advocate for youth and social justice.