Ally graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Superior with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a focus in Mental Health and Criminal Justice Studies in May of 2020. She then became licensed through the Minnesota Board of Social Work with her LSW in December of 2020. Before joining the First Witness Advocacy Program, Ally worked as the Case Manager for the YWCA’s Young Mothers Program, working with Young Mothers who faced barriers to stable housing, develop independent living skills, parenting skills, and complete their educations as well as managing the transitional housing Advocacy Staff.
As a Family Advocate, Ally strives to always amplify the voices of the families and children that she serves by holding systems accountable to the standards that they have set. Ally is passionate about her work with children and families on an individual level and on a larger scale as an advocate pushing for systemic changes and broader prevention education standards. As a trainer, Ally has presented lectures on advocacy perspective for child advocacy center advocates, as well as advanced advocacy topics such as the co-occurrence of domestic violence and child maltreatment on both a regional and national level.