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Individual Class Member Details

Individual Class Member Details

Ann Marie Nordgren
Wilson County CASA
Class of 2021
(615) 636-5185

Member Since: July 1st, 2020
Current Activities / Involvement

Trainer-Building Strong Brains-Tennessee's ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Initiative-mission to educate the public in balancing the prevalence of ACES with resiliency and hope.
Member-Wilson County Resource Coalition
Actively collect and distribute goods including clothing and household items for community members in need, especially children.

Major Barriers

Time and awarenesses. Our youngest child is at the age where I can dedicate more time to community involvement. As my time has become more flexible, I am eager to learn more about community needs and where my talents may be best served.

Community Challenge / Issue / Goal

Recently, CASA was awarded a grant to deliver information regarding ACES and childhood trauma to the public in Wilson County. We feel passionate about making our community trauma informed. Most recently, we were granted access to work with female inmates to share this knowledge. The response with this population was overwhelming. Women who come from challenging backgrounds and have had traumatic childhoods pass on trauma to their children. It would be so rewarding if our community, including the inmate population truly understand the impact of ACES, how to mitigate the effects of ACES and how to build resiliency in our children and young adults. I understand this is not an easy task. Providing mentors or support to young parents or teenagers, may have a very positive impact on our community. Perhaps even establishing a Big Brothers/Big Sisters type program in Wilson County would provide young people with hope and support needed to thrive and succeed in life.

Education: High School

Bishop Watterson High School, Columbus, OH

Education: College

Ohio State University

Education: Graduate Level

Master of Science, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner.

Education: Academic Awards

Summa Cum Laude
Graduate Student of the Year-Ohio State University, College of Nursing-plaque and financial award

Education: Extracurricular & Leadership

Wilson County CASA Volunteer of the Year 2015
Governor's Volunteer Stars Award 2016
Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Award Finalist 2017
PTO Board Member West Elementary
Burn BootCamp Member 2017-present

Company / Job Responsibilities

Volunteer Coordinator: Recruit, screen and train new volunteers to be advocates for abused and neglected children in Wilson County.
Program Director: Supervise and mentor volunteers who advocate for children in Juvenile Court, prepare reports that include recommendations for the Court, visit children and families in the community, participate as a team player with the Department of Children Services, attorneys and families to help children find safe, permanent and loving homes.

Participation Expectations

I hope to gain a further understanding of what is important to our community, network with community members from different sectors, acquire new leadership skills and learn innovative ideas to ensure Wilson County remains the best in Tennessee to raise a family, educate children and provide opportunities for all to be successful, contributing members of our neighborhoods and society. I hope what I learn through this experience will allow me the opportunity to remain fully engaged in growing a stronger community together.

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