Why Boomerang? I have always had a heart for advocacy, and once I made the decision to leave the nursing profession, I wanted be with an organization that made an impact in the lives of the people it served, and I believe Boomerang does that in an amazing way.
A little about me: After 20 years in the healthcare industry, I joined the Boomerang team in August of 2014. I am the mom to an 13 year old daughter and a 11 year old son, … oh, and our furry son, Finnegan. Along with my husband, we moved to Chapel Hill in early 2014 and have really enjoyed getting to know North Carolina and the Triangle area. I am a native Texan, but my husband likes to claim that he is the only “true” southerner since he is Australian.
Ask me about: How I juggle being a fulltime mom and part-time ninja.
Angelita Dawkins, Program Manager, MS, LCAS, CCS Intern
Why Boomerang? I have a heart for youth, and believe that if you want to change a community, you must positively impact the youth within the community. That’s exactly what Boomerang does, and I want to be an agent of change in people’s lives and within the community at large.
A little about me: I was born in California, but raised in Charlotte. I lived in Charlotte all my life until attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where I earned a BA in Psychology. I also have a MS in Mental Health Counseling and am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision. I have a background in Substance Abuse Counseling and am a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specials and a Certified Clinical Supervisor Intern. I simply love helping others.
Ask me about: Speaking German, what I’ve eaten recently, and a random fact of the day!
Timothy Edelen, Student Coordinator
Why Boomerang? I am passionate about youth issues and want to see them overcome any challenges to reach success!
A little about me: I am currently a graduate student a North Carolina Central University working to obtain a Master of Public Administration. I earned my BA in Mass Communication from NCCU and was a four-year student athlete there as well.
Ask me about: A good book and I guarantee you will not be disappointed!
Why Boomerang? I’m passionate about youth issues and inspired by organizations that do great work.
A little about me: I’ve worked for over 20 years with international and local organizations on project and program management, fundraising, and being accountable to those we serve. It’s been an amazing journey that led me to Boomerang where I spend my days advancing our mission of helping young people discover the amazing, strong people they are despite the challenges they face in life.
I have a MA in International Relations and Economics, and most importantly, share a little slice of Carrboro heaven with my husband, two children, and an assortment of rescues.
Ask me about:
Why it matters that communities invest in young people.
Why Boomerang? I love the way that Boomerang supports students whom many others have written off. I feel proud to be a part of an organization that looks for strengths not deficits, that focuses on positive contributions not unfortunate mistakes, that sees the undeniable goodness in every young person that walks through our doors.
A Little About Hirsch:
Hirsch is a clinical social worker and experiential educator, with a background in working with adolescents and young adults in a variety of educational and clinical settings. Hirsch holds a BA in Psychology from Wesleyan University, an MS in Environmental Science from Antioch University New England, and a MSW from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before coming to Boomerang, Hirsch worked at a variety of educational organizations in Maine, Vermont, and North Carolina. She is passionate about building positive, supportive relationships with young people, and finding ways to make them laugh.
Ask Me About:
Experiential education, restorative justice, riding bikes, growing vegetables, and exploring the woods and trails of North Carolina.
Why Boomerang? Boomerang, because everyone should have the chance to get up after they fall and start again. Boomerang, because the youth we serve are amazingly strong and continue to teach me about inner strength, kindness, courage and grit. Boomerang, because every day is different and we have a great team that shares my passion to help others (and since we work with teens and want to keep their attention, we can be silly and loud).
A little about me:
I am a native to California. I came to North Carolina to seek my graduate degree in social work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I have worked with young people and families for over 20 years and hold my clinical license in social work. I was one of the original founders of Boomerang and have enjoyed supporting youth from as early as middle school through graduation. I live in Hillsborough with my husband, my three children, a very large dog and too many cats.
Ask me about:
Running, and how it keeps me balanced.
TBA, MSW intern
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