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Vanessa has always had a passion for helping others. After graduating from Hillsdale College with her Bachelor of Arts degree, she worked as a stay-at-home mom in a military family for many years. She also has cross cultural experience living and doing humanitarian work in a developing country overseas. In 2018, she felt called to help others struggling with mental health challenges and substance use disorders and obtained her CRSP and CPRS certifications. Prior to joining the Prevention Resources team, Vanessa supported others in recovery through work in an inpatient hospital setting as well as a community based nonprofit organization. Vanessa enjoys spending time with her husband, 4 children, and puppy as well as hiking, reading, and traveling