Private Practice in Clinical Social Work/Psychotherapy 1981 to 2014; Individual, family, and group therapist
Meditation Teacher 1986 to present: Led biweekly meditation groups, currently teaching individual meditation, and weekend meditation seminars three times a year
Meditation Teacher Sparrow Michigan Athletic Club: Leading weekly meditation at the MAC
President of Bidwell Consulting, LLC, 2012
Workshop Presenter, Speaker and Trainer: 1985 to present
Consultant to Bergen Regional Counseling Center; Adolescent Suicide Awareness Program: October 1985 to 1987
Student Assistance Counselor; Bergen County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse: 1986 to 1989
Family Therapist; Bergen County Youth Services at the Teaneck Group Home: 1984 to 1985.
Therapist; The Desisto School: 1980 -1981
Drug Counselor; The Hartford Dispensary Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program: May 1979 to May 1980.
Drug Counselor; Department of Mental Health, State of Connecticut, Alcohol and Drug Dependence Division: Dartec House; 1978- 1979.
Social Worker; Child Development Center, Rockland County Community Mental Health Center, Pomona, New York: 1983 to 1984
Medical Social Worker; Intensive Care Unit for Newborns (Neonatology), Jacobi Hospital, Bronx, New York: 1982 to 1983
Lansing police Department Detention Center: Social Worker; Currently
Sparrow Hospital Herbert-Herman Cancer Center: Meditation Teacher for cancer support groups, Currently
Recording Academy Musicares: Lead Meditation 11th Step Meeting, Newport Jazz Festival, August 4-6th, 2017
Ingham County Board of Health: Appointed March 2017
Ingham County Opioid Abuse Prevention Initiative: Joined March 2017
Michigan Democratic Coordinated Campaign, 2016: Team Leader Volunteer; Trained volunteers to phone bank, worked field plan phone banking and canvassing, provided ongoing assistance to campaign Organizers and Fellows.
Governor–elect Jon S. Corzine’s Transition Team: Child Welfare Policy Group: Helped develop policy priorities to advise the Governor regarding Child Welfare Policy.
Division of Prevention and Community Partnership Advisory Board, Office of Children’s Services; DHS: Served on advisory board under the auspice of Children’s Services as recognized in the Child Welfare Reform Plan.
Governor’s Council on the Prevention of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities: October, 2005 to October 2010.
Human Services Advisory Council of Bergen County: 2002-2006
Department of Human Services: Department of Youth and Family Services: Community Partnerships and Resource Development Workgroup; restructuring of DYFS under the New Jersey Child Welfare Panel.
New Jersey Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect; member of Prevention Subcommittee: Appointed October 4, 2001 to January 2006
Founding Board President; Children’s Trauma Advocacy Group: 2004 to 2006
Founding Board Co-President; Bergen County Court Appointed Special Advocates: 2002 to 2009
Founding Steering Committee Chair; Ramapough Environmental Medical Organization: 2011 to 2014
Organizer of Women’s Rally of Northern New Jersey: October, 2011
Co-Chair; New Jersey Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors: The 12th Annual Conference
Group Leader; American Anorexia/Bulimia Association: March 1984 to March 1985.
New Jersey Democratic State Committee Member: 2012 to 2016
Candidate for New Jersey State Senate in 2013
Candidate for New Jersey State Assembly in 2003 and 2005
Bergen County Committeewoman: 2003 to present
Bergen County Democratic Organization Executive Committee: 2006 to 2010
Bergen County Democratic Committee Executive Committee: 2010 to 2015
New Jersey State 40th Legislative District Treasurer 2004 to 2006
New Jersey State 40th Legislative District Vice-Chair 2006 to 2010
Education and Training
Masters of Social Work: New York University, 1984
B.A., magna cum laude, Communication and Psychology: Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, 1974
Graduate of The Gestalt Therapy Training Center of Washington, D.C. 1985 to 1986.
Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy, New York City: 1981-1984
Hartford Family Institute, Hartford, Connecticut: 1978-1981