Director of Counseling
B.A. in Psychology, Northwest Christian University, Magna Cum Laude, with emphasis in counseling, behavior strategies, sports performance, and athletic training.
Liz shares her wealth of experience as a high school college and career advisor. As an educator for the past 14 years, Liz has proven to be a strong communicator, a colleague who believes in a team-oriented collaborative environment, and a creative self-starter who works tirelessly to improve college access for all students. She provides crucial academic and emotional support to students of diverse backgrounds, socioeconomic conditions, identities, and cultures. Her responsibilities include preparing all VVS students and their families for the college admission process through academic preparation, advising, and assessment.
Her professional training includes work with the Decision Education Foundation, board positions with local and regional scholarship foundations, equity in education training, Sexual Assault Support Services team, Soroptimist International, Trauma Informed Care training, as a success facilitator with at-risk and disabled youth, and writing a schoolwide College and Career Readiness curriculum.
In addition to building a career as guidance counselor, Liz has also built a 30-year career as a college, professional, and high school basketball coach, which began when she was a player at the University of Oregon. Toward the end of her playing career, she played and coached basketball professionally in Australia.
Liz has also been chasing the stunning light of the Southwest through her camera lens for several years. As a native Oregonian, she has found a new love for adventures in Arizona slot canyons, 4WD roads, and mountain trails. As a curious life-long learner, the opportunity to immerse herself in an educational community that reflects her faith, values, and deep commitment to serving others was too good to pass up. With one year under her belt at VVS, Liz has loved her work as a college counselor, dorm parent, and coach.
Liz and her husband Chris have 3 adult children: Hannah 25, Zemedkun 25 and Seth 22. As a life-long Oregon Duck sports fan, Liz enjoys college football and basketball, international travel, hiking with her Bernedoodle, Stella, and nature photography.