Liz is a bilingual, passionate social worker with 18 years of experience in social welfare services for immigrant children in the United States, as well as victims of violence throughout Central and South America. Liz joins the Trauma and Grief Center at The Hackett Center for Mental Health after 10 years with the national nonprofit Southwest Key Programs, where she served in multiple leadership roles with the Immigrant Youth Services Program including Residential Program Director, National Managing Director of Immigrant Youth Services, and most recently, Vice President of Performance Quality Improvement.
Prior to Southwest Key, Liz worked with the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center (SIRC) in the Evaluation and Partner Contracts Division at Arizona State University. She also worked for the human rights organization International Justice Mission for six years, where she assisted in the successful establishment and administration of legal relief offices in Guatemala and Bolivia, offering multi-disciplinary services for victims of child sexual abuse and human trafficking.
Liz received her undergraduate degree from Calvin College and earned her Master of Social Work degree from Arizona State University.