April received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University in 1999 and her Masters of Social Work degree in 2003 from Our Lady of the Lake University as well. She became licensed in 2005.
April worked for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services as a legal worker for 6 years. While there, she provided on-going services to children and families in substitute care. Through the years. she acquired group experience as a group facilitator for the CREST group, which is a group for relatives and kinship caregivers to children in Child Protective custody.
For the past 14 years, April has worked as a Hospice Social Worker for both adults and pediatric patients. Most recently she has become the Bereavement Manager for VITAS.
April has taken much care providing resources, support, education and case planning to patients and their families. She continues to educate, assist, and support patients and their families with end of life decisions in the home, long-term care facilities, assisted living communities, in-patient units, and hospitals. In addition, she is facilitator for caregiver and grief support groups and provides on going grief support to families.
In 2012 and 2015 she was honored to accept the award for Social Worker of the Year from her employer.
The Education of future Social Workers is very important to April. She supervises interns and has been an Adjunct Professor for Our Lady of the Lake University’s Worden School of Social Services for the past 6 years.
In her personal life, she has a blessed plate. April has been married for 17years to her high school sweetheart and enjoys family time with her husband and three beautiful and very active children, ages 13, 10 and 6.