2011- Master of Social Work
Concentration: Family Health
Research: Education & Micronesian Youth
2009- Bachelor of Arts
Major: Criminal Justice
Research: Human Trafficking
2013- Associates of Arts
Concentration: Liberal Education, Spanish
2020. Dave Mullholland Social Media Communicator Award; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jackson County. Jackson, Michigan.
2019. Community Based Big Sister of the Year; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jackson County. Jackson, Michigan.
2019. Health Rising Fellow; APIA Health Forum, Washington, D.C.
2018. Promoting our Mission; United Methodist Retirement Communities. Jackson, Michigan.
2018. Ambassador of the Month; One Young World, North America Geographical Area.
2012. All Bar None Scholarship for One Young World; Johannesburg, South Africa.
2009- Winter. Liliana Sanchez Memorial Minority Social Work Scholarship.
2020. Virtual Meet-Up & Webinar during COVID-19 Quarantine.
One Young World. Online Webinar.
2020. Keynote Speaker.
Micronesian Youth Summit. Honolulu, Hawaii.
2019. Voices Conference, Health Equity.
APIA Health Forum. Washington, D.C.
2019. Health Rising Leadership Institute; Storytelling.
APIA Health Forum. Washington, D.C.
2019. Understanding Micronesian Culture.
Joplin Professional Social Workers Annual Seminar. Missouri Southern State University. Joplin, Missouri.
2019. Understanding Micronesian Culture.
Social Work Program. Eastern Michigan University. Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Youth Leadership Council (2012). Project SWAG (Students Working on the Achievement Gap). Independent School District 622 Training Program. North Saint Paul, MN. December 20.
Edward, A. (2011). Barriers Contributing to Micronesian Youth Obtaining Higher Education. Social Services Symposium. Springfield, MO. April 19.
Edward, A. (2009). Securing Borders to Minimize Human Trafficking. Criminal Justice Presentations. Adrian, MI. May 11.
2018- Habele Outer Island Education Fund- Fundraised for 501©3 to create educational opportunities for Micronesians on outer islands
2018- Black History Month & Multicultural Programming- East Jackson Elementary School
2013- Habele Outer Island Education Fund- Fundraised for 501©3 to create educational opportunities for Micronesians on outer islands
2011-2012- Project SWAG (Students Working on the Achievement Gap; piloted a cross age mentoring program, training program & video production to attack social injustice of achievement gap (can provide video)
2020- One Young World. COVID-19 in our Communities Webinar.
2019- Understanding Micronesian Culture. Social Work Program. Eastern Michigan University.
2019- Understanding Micronesian Culture- Missouri Southern State University- Joplin Professional Social Workers Annual Seminar.
2017- Present: Adjunct Professor
Spring Arbor University – School of Social Work, Spring Arbor, MI
2015: Independent School District 622- Summer classes, Micronesian Culture – developed curriculum
2011-2012: Independent School District 622- AVID Tutoring. Following curriculum and tutor training
2009: Apalachicola Bay Charter School- Teaching Assistant for Language Arts Elementary Education (Summer School)
Indigenous Pacific Islanders
People of Color and Social Justice
Mental Health & Wellness
Cultural Heritage and Self-Identity
Pacific Island Cultures & Societal Norms
2020- East-West Center in Washington Virtual Seminar: Migration to the United States under the Compact of Free Association.
2020- Creating Better Days for People with Dementia; Practical Techniques for Professionals. Come For Care.
2020- Communication Circle about Race. United Methodist Retirement Communities.
2020- A Micronesian Youth Virtual Village Gathering to Connect, Learn, & Take Action for Solidarity; Micronesian Youth & Black Lives Matter.
2020- A Social Work Conversation on Racial Justice During COVID-19 (Black Death, White Fragility, and Police Brutality)
2020- COFA & COVID-19 Part II, Pacific Leadership Assistance Network
2020- COFA & COVID-19, Pacific Leadership Assistance Network
2020- COVID-19 Impacts on the Elderly Population, U of MN
2020- Mental Health First Aid
2020- Providing Service to Developmentally Disabled Elders
2019- Health Rising Leadership Institute
2019- Mental Health Summit Training; Veterans & Mental Health, Secondary Stress
2019- Black Aging Lives Matter
2018- Engaging Asian American And Pacific Islanders In Voting
2018- Decision Making In Geriatrics
2017- Person Centered Planning
2017- CPR & First Aid
2015- Compassion Fatigue & Burnout
2015- Motivational Interviewing
2014- Boundaries and Ethics
2014- Trauma Informed care
2014- Borderline Personality Disorder
2014- Dialectical Behavior Therapy & Mindfulness
2013- Crisis Prevention Intervention
2013- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
2012- Mental Health First Aid
2020- present. Creator and Host. For Micronesians by Micronesians podcast.
2019-present. Care Coordinator. Dr. Pinson Physician Office. Jackson, MI.
2018-present. Social Worker. United Methodist Retirement Communities. Jackson, MI.
2017- present. Adjunct Professor. Spring Arbor University.
2018- present. Youth Facilitator. Asian American pacific Islander Vote Michigan.
2019-2020. APIA Fellow. Health Rising Institute with Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum.
2016-2018. Social Worker. Henry Ford Allegiance Health Systems, contracted into East Jackson Elementary. Jackson, MI.
2017. Mental Health Practitioner. People Incorporated. Minneapolis, MN.
2016- Case Manager. SOS Community Services. Ypsilanti, MI.
2015-2016. Social Worker. Hennepin County. Minneapolis, MN.
2012-2016. Mental Health Practitioner. People Incorporated. Minneapolis, MN.
2012. Ambassador. One Young World. Johannesburg, South Africa.
2012. Ambassador. A World At School. Federated States of Micronesia.
2011-2012. Promise Fellow. AmeriCorps. Saint Paul, MN.
2009-2011. Child Advocate. Children’s Haven. Joplin, MO.
2009. Teaching Assistant. Apalachicola Bay Charter School. Apalachicola, FL.
2005-2009. Dispatcher. Siena Heights Public Safety. Adrian, MI.
2020. Member. Pacific Leadership Assistance Network (PLAN).
2020. Volunteer. We Are Oceania.
2018-2020. Mentor. Big Brothers Big Sisters.
2019. Health Rising Leadership Institute Fellow. APIA Health Forum.
2013-2015. Mentor. Kinship Twin Cities.
2012. Ambassador. A World at School
2012. Micronesian Ambassador. One Young World
2010-2011. Member. Social Work Student Association
2006-2009. Vice President, Philanthropy Chair. Phi Sigma Sigma
2007-2009. Representative. Student Senate
2009. Member. International Student Association
2005-2009. Team Member. Siena Heights University Track Team.
2007-2009. Team Member. Siena Heights University Softball Team.
State of Michigan- Licensed Master of Social Work
State of Michigan – Limited License of Social Work
State of Minnesota- Licensed Graduate Social Worker
Other Honors, Media, Achievements & Recognition
2019- Promoting Our Mission Award- UMRC
2018- Promoting Our Mission Award- UMRC
2018- One Young World Ambassador of the Month
2010-Liliana Sanchez Minority Award & Scholarship
2010-Children's Haven Employee of the Month
2009- Children's Haven Employee of the Month
2009- Dean’s List Student
We are Oceania, 2020. Honolulu, Hawaii
Volunteer & Keynote Speaker for Micronesian Youth Summit
City of Jackson, 2018-present Jackson, Michigan
Public Arts Committee City Commissioner
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jackson County, 2018-2020 Jackson, Michigan
Derek Dobies for Mayor-Volunteer, 2019 Jackson, Michigan
Passed out information and asked community members to sign petition for nomination/election
Girls on the Run, 2018, 2019 Jackson, Michigan
Coached elementary aged girls to build self-confidence and train for 5K Run
Darius Williams For County Commission Campaign Team, 2017-2018 Jackson, Michigan
Secretary for Campaign team
Immigrant March of Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2017 Ann Arbor, Michigan
Participated in march against social injustices against immigrants in the U.S.
Kinship of Greater Minneapolis, 2015-2017 Minneapolis, Minnesota
Normandale Community College, 2013 Bloomington, Minnesota
Volunteer with Students with Disabilities programs
Partnership Academy, 2012 Richfield, Minnesota
After-school program, reading every week with Latino/a youth
AmeriCorps, 2011-2012 North Saint Paul, Minnesota
One year of service in school district developing programs for at-risk youth
Food Drive, 2011 Joplin, Missouri
Helped organize food drive for local food bank
God’s Resort, 2010: Joplin, Missouri
Assisted in the needs of the not-for-profit organization
Regional Hospice, 2009: Joplin, Missouri
Worked with hospice patient on family history project
Special Olympics, 2009: Joplin, Missouri
Served any needs at Special Olympics
Share the Warmth, 2009: Adrian, Michigan
Worked in Homeless shelter over-night shift
50-50 Fundraiser, 2009, 2008: Adrian, Michigan
Coordinated a 50-50 fundraiser at the bowling alley to raise money for the National Kidney Foundation
Rock-a-thon, 2007, 2008, 2009 Adrian, Michigan
Coordinated a fundraiser where group rocks in rocking chairs for a full day to raise money for the National Kidney Foundation
The Daily Bread, 2008, 2007: Adrian, Michigan
Worked in Soup Kitchen serving food
Sister-to-Sister, 2007- 2008: Adrian, Michigan
Created a program in which sorority sisters meet with Adrian Dominican sisters (Catholic nuns) monthly and bring gifts as well as visit
Reading to Youth, 2007: Adrian, Michigan
Went to inner-city school and read to kindergarten class
Winter wear for the Homeless, 2007: Adrian, Michigan
Coordinated and took monthly donations to donate winter wear to homeless population within city
Boys and Girls Club, 2007: Adrian, Michigan
Interacted with diverse youth weekly at afterschool program
American Red Cross, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004,2005, 2008 Jackson, Michigan
Volunteered for blood drive, also donated blood
-Pass the Mask Challenge- COVID-19 & the COFA Community
-For Micronesians by Micronesians Podcast
-Kaselel Counseling & Consultation
-Micronesian Businesses Group
-COFA Medicaid Restoration Coalition
-COVID-19 & COFA Leaders
-Pacific Leadership Assistance Network
-COVID-19 in the Micronesian Production/Educational Video