It's time for our next installment of our member spotlight! We are enjoying getting to know our members through this question and answer format and would love to hear from you! If you would like to be featured in a spotlight, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This month's spotlight is on one of our board members, Patti Lawlor. Read on to learn more about her!
Tell us a little about yourself.
My undergraduate majors at the University of Delaware were Criminal Justice and Sociology with a Welfare Specialization. My first job was as a Child Counselor in a group home for teenage girls. What a wild 2 ½ years that was. Then I worked in social services for 10 years in Kansas.
In Corpus Christi, I worked with a population of GED and Del Mar College students. It was here I had my first real exposure to adults with mental illness and hospitalization, and I felt ill-prepared to help them. After we moved to Sugar Land, I decided to pursue a graduate degree in counseling. I attended UH- Go Coogs, and after I received my Master’s, I worked 3 years at Texana MHMR as a child and youth therapist. I recently retired after working as a counselor at Wharton County Junior College for almost 19 years. Time has certainly flown!!
How long have you been a member of HLPCA and why did you join?
I have been a member of HLPCA for longer than I care to admit… but if you do the math, it’s almost 26 years!! I joined after an assignment in my first graduate class had me interview a counselor with an M. Ed. She was a member and the rest is history. I have been on the Board for most of those years, and recommend serving on the Board as a great way for networking, exploring program presenters and getting to know our HLPCA members better.
Are there other populations you would like to work with or specializations you would like to pursue?
Now that I’m retired, I’m not sure what my next phase of life will bring. I’ve always had an interest in Wellness topics, so maybe I’ll look into consulting or ??
Tell us something about yourself other members may not know.
My husband Dan and I are Fort Bend County Master Gardeners. We love plants and flowers that encourage visits by hummingbirds, butterflies, and birds. We are also members of the Houston Rose Society. We crewed for hot air balloons for many years, and helped with the initial inflation of the Space Shuttle hot air balloon INSIDE the Astrodome!!
I’m stealing Janet’s line…I love the ASTROS too!
If you have any questions or ideas to improve YOUR HLPCA, please contact me at PLawlorLPC2018@gmail.com