Name: Chelsea Johnson

Role at HeartStrides/How long have you worked here: Certified Peer and Instructor in training. Started as a volunteer 9 years ago!

Favorite quote: “Healing doesn’t mean the damage never existed. It means the damage no longer controls our lives.”

What do you love most about HeartStrides?:
I love how truly passionate our team and supporters are. HeartStrides is made up of people who believe in this work, from the founding director to the newest volunteer. I love that I get to come to work and see people who are as dedicated as I am, if not more, to sharing strength, healing, and living authentically.

Your top 3 favorite Podcasts/Books?:
Book: How to be an Adult in Relationships by David Richo
Book: Facing Codependence by Pia Mellody
Book: Codependent No More by Melody Beattie

What do you do at HeartStrides?:
I teach beginner and intermediate lessons to kids and adults and I work as a peer in the EAYPS program sharing my strength, hope, and experience with other youth.

What’s your background?:
AA in general studies with experience as care-giving to young adults and teens with disabilities. Currently working as a behavior technician providing ABA services to children with autism. Hoping to peruse a BS is psychology and MS in occupational therapy.

What are the values that drive you?:
Honesty, empowerment, and greater good.

What kinds of hobbies do you do outside of work?:
I am a, semi-new, rare house plant enthusiast! Currently obsessed with my philodendron collection! I enjoy hiking, watching football with my husband, and playing with our two dogs and two kitties at home. Sometimes I can bake a pretty mean chocolate chip cookie... and of course occasionally hopping on the back of a horse at Healing Hearts Ranch!

Tell us something fun about yourself?:
I love to sing! I am too shy to ever sing in front of anyone but I annoy my husband every day with my concerts in the car and singing very loudly in the shower!