Why I became An American Red Cross Trainer

I am a Tuolumne County native, though I left to attain my Bachelor’s Degree at Sonoma State. When I returned after college I founded Meyer Hideout, a performing arts non-profit group, that grew and took over Sonora Children’s Theatre and is now Mountain Youth and Community Theatre. I volunteer for MYACT to this day, as well as work full time at Columbia College in Student Services. My hometown holds my heart.

I have a long history of working in customer service and hands-on teaching, from Dodge Ridge Ski and Snowboard School for 9 seasons to Mt. Hotham Ski School in Australia; Rohnert Park Gymnastics and Summer Camps; After School programs at Belleview Elementary School, Sonora Elementary School, Black Oak Elementary School, Jamestown Elementary School; Lifeguarding and swim instruction through Tuolumne County Recreation Department and many more.

Growing up in Pinecrest my parents were both first responders due to our remote location. Their actions reinforced the knowledge that being trained in CPR and first aid really does save lives. I’ve seen it happen. When I began working with children at Dodge RIdge at age 15, I became Adult and Pediatric CPR and First aid certified. I continued to do the certification every 2 years and have never stopped.

It has become apparent in the last 5 years that the options for hands-on training in our area have become scarce and pricey. I had to drive out of town for my most recent training and pay quite a bit more than a couple of years ago.

My goal is to offer affordable, accurate, and appropriate American Red Cross training to Tuolumne County. Let’s all get trained and save lives.