Let me introduce myself. My name is Emily. As we embark upon this start-up business, I’ll be keeping this blog to share the things Jon and I come across from time to time. It’s been a long and winding road to get Peace Partnership started, but everything is finally coming together and we are pretty excited. Scratch that, we are totally pumped!
I’ll manage the business aspects while Jon provides the counseling services. In case you didn’t get a chance to read the in-depth “About Us” section on our site (because let’s be honest—how many people actually read a website word for word), let me give you the abridged version: Peace Partnership is a non-profit counseling center that offers counseling and education services for disadvantaged families in the Kansas City area.
We are starting small because we believe in quality over quantity. Just because you pay outrageously reasonable prices for counseling sessions doesn’t mean you should have to worry that the quality of those sessions is less than desirable. We want to provide our clients with the best possible care for the best possible price. That is why we have chosen to operate within the realm of non-profits.
You might be wondering who we are. If I were you, I would want to know too. Let me start with Jon.
Jon is a Grand Junction, CO native. His ancestry is primarily Irish and Scottish, and boy is he ever proud of his heritage. He came to Kansas City for school and graduated from Calvary Bible College in 2002 with a B.A. in Biblical Counseling. Right after graduation, he married his beautiful wife (Naomi) and moved back to his home state of Colorado to work in a psychiatric hospital in the Denver area. During their time in Colorado Jon graduated with an M.A.Ed in Educational Counseling from the University of Phoenix. He is currently finishing up a Ph.D. in Psychology from Northcentral University.
By 2005, they decided to return to the Kansas City area and Jon accepted an elementary school counselor position with the Grain Valley school district. For the last eight years, he has worked at Matthews Elementary, a K-5th grade school, and has been responsible for a number of things:
· Student individual and group counseling
· Classroom social skills lessons
· Administering academic, intelligence, and achievement assessments
· Parent education
· Being the yearly MC for the school-wide end-of-year talent show
· Playing soccer with the kids during recess when time permits
Jon is a Licensed K-12 School Counselor in Missouri, Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), Nationally Certified School Counselor (NCSC), and a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC). There are more letters behind Jon’s first and last name than there are in it, so needless to say, he thoroughly enjoys learning!
Now that you know a little bit about Jon, I can tell you a few things about myself. I’m Korean born, but grew up in a small town called Imperial, NE. I was adopted as an infant and happen to be the baby of the family. I have two older brothers who both have their own families and I really love being an auntie. In 2010, I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor’s in accounting and a minor in sociology. My passion is a combination of organization, logistics, and people. I have a random assortment of work experience.
After college, I moved to the island of St. Kitts in the West Indies. Island life taught me a lot and I eventually took a position as the after school coordinator for a preparatory school associated with Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. When I moved back to the states in 2012, I knew I needed to find a job that could challenge me every day. I wanted to utilize my business background, but more than anything, I wanted to help people.
Jon presented this opportunity to join him and I took a step of faith when I agreed to move to Kansas City and give it a try. I’m really glad I did because this is one of those visions that gets better and better with time. Starting something brand new is always a little terrifying, but nothing worth having comes easily. We’re ready to go after this dream and we will fight hard to reach the people who really need us.
We welcome you to be a part of it. Please, join us!