Carleena grew up in Sennett, New York—a metropolis of twenty people, thirty cows, and cornfields perfect for hide-n-seek and mentos/diet coke rockets.
In her spare time, she wrote stories in notebooks concealed with padlocks, took walks down to the creek (pronounced creek), and smiled at loved ones with a mouth full of gums.
Life hasn’t changed much since then, except now she lives in Chattanooga, TN and has a yankee southern accent (yes, that really is a thing) and speaks español (some days better than others).
In her spare time, she’s working on an MFA in Creative Nonfiction at Goucher College. Her writing draws from post-cornfield experiences in cross cultural relations, the foster care system, public health, cartoon animation and yoga.
Finally, Carleena believes a Bio is one of the ONLY places where you should refer to yourself in the third person. Anywhere else is terribly pretentious and would elicit a sarcastic yankee smile without the gums.
Bachelor of Science | Ithaca College | New York
United States Peace Corps Volunteer | Panama
University English Instructor | Mexico
Trek Instructor | Where There Be Dragons | Mexico
Program Director | Lookout Mountain Court Appointed Special Advocate | Georgia
Public Health | Tennessee
Nickelodeon Animation Studio | California
Certifications and Licenses
Spanish/English Interpreter | Language Line Solutions
Group Facilitator & Master Trainer | Chronic Disease Self-Management Program | Tomando Control de Su Salud | A Matter of Balance
Licensed Massage Therapist | Tennessee Board Certified
Yoga Teacher Training | Vinyasa, Older Adult & Yin | Asheville Yoga Center
Reiki Level 1 & 2 | Bliss Wood Reiki
Writing & Editing | Group Facilitation & Training | Public Speaking & Stand Up | Mind & Body Wellness | Media Relations & Grants | Spanish Interpretation & Cross-Cultural Relations | Website Development