A United States Marine for more than 20 years, Holly truly understands perseverance and the will to win. More importantly, she knows how to develop these qualities in others. Holly’s vision for victory has illuminated her careers as a Marine, youth counselor, Supervisor of Child Protection Investigations, Lead Trainer of Child Protection Investigations, and entrepreneur. Holly’s overriding mission is to build teams, train teams, and lead teams.
Holly earned her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She remained at Nova, graduating with a Master of Human Services degree.
Holly served in the United States Marine Corps, leading Marines in Washington, D.C., Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, and Japan. As a Marine, Holly served as a drill instructor and as a First Sergeant, designing the leadership and professional development of an entire company of Marines.
Following her career with the Marine Corps, Holly joined the Broward Sheriff’s Office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Holly first worked as a youth counselor, training children in the areas of communication, teambuilding, and conflict resolution. She then became a Supervisor of Child Protection Investigations, leading teams of child welfare professionals in investigating, developing, and resolving cases. Holly next became that department’s lead trainer, writing and teaching curriculum for line staff and management personnel.
After a number of years with Broward Sheriff’s Office, Holly started her own company, Child Welfare Training Solutions. As director of that organization, Holly trains child welfare professionals throughout Florida, in the areas of case management, leadership, and mastery of core competencies.
With Bonfire Leadership Holly concentrates in the areas of diversity, teambuilding, crisis management, and critical thinking. She amplifies Bonfire Leadership’s mission by consistently applying her personal philosophy: “To improve one life, is to change the universe forever.”
In addition to meeting the rigors of her professional commitments, Holly devotes time toward mentoring those who work in the areas of child safety and education.