Vanessa holds a bachelor's degree in Social Work and Psychology in from Bemidji State University. She has returned to Learning for All as a Therapeutic Tutor after moving back to her home state of Minnesota. Vanessa has experience as a former children's mental health case manager, Youth Counselor for homeless youth and families, community development specialist, and a paraprofessional working with at-risk youth facing learning and cognitive challenges. Vanessa currently lives in Minnesota and enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including camping, fishing, hiking, and tubing down the river. Vanessa also loves spending time with her dog, River.