Graduate of Valdosta State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Physiology Graduate of Florida State University with a Master's Degree in Social Work Registered Clinical Social Work Intern since August 2020
Hillary initially planned to help others improve their physical health as a personal trainer. She moved to Jacksonville right after graduating from Valdosta State University in 2003. In 2011, Hillary became aware of the complex issues related to adoption and her passion to promote ethical adoptions resulted in a journey she never could have imagined. Initially, she volunteered her time on the Board of Directors for a licensed child placing agency. In 2014, she began managing the operations of that agency. As the agency grew, the Board of Directors wanted Hillary to lead the organization as the Executive Director. The Florida Department of Children and Families requires ED's of licensed child placing agencies have a Master's degree in Social Work or a related field. After an 18 year break from college, Hillary continued her education and earned her Master's Degree in Social Work from Florida State University.
Soon after earning her MSW, Hillary led the agency she worked for through a merger with Advocates for Children and Families (ACF), an agency licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families to increase efficiency, expand services, and help more children and families thrive. Hillary has experience conducting child protective investigations, assessments of families ability to meet the needs of children, and supervision of children in pre-adoption placements. As a therapist, Hillary utilizes a variety of evidence-based interventions and believes everyone has the ability to improve their mental and physical health.
As a Registered Clinical Social Work Intern, Hillary sees clients at ACF and TRC, all of her clinical work is conducted under the supervision of Tracy Riley, LCSW.