Hey! I am so glad you found Health Possible and am flattered you came to read my own story as well. Feel free to reach out to me on LinkedIn, introduce yourself, or you can follow along on Health Possible’s social media pages, where I give everyone direct updates too.
You’ll find the things I am most proud of in life are my own family, where I’m from, and watching others succeed. These are my drivers in life and why I love what I do. I tend to be happy almost all of the time, very hard to waver from that.
I’m originally from a small town in Upstate New York called Windsor – it’s on the way outskirts of Binghamton. My family owned about 21 acres of beautiful hay and green grass fields over the rolling hills. If my Dad wasn’t driving his gasoline tanker up and down the east coast, or my Mom teaching in the schools, they were home digging our pond, mowing the 21 acres, gardening flowers, fresh fruits and vegetables, trading our hay bails for half of a village farm meats, cooking up the greatest family meals, feeding the birds and koi fish, or fixing our house.
How I Got My Start
I REALLY wanted to work, be like my parents, and participate in the care taking, so I got my first job when I was 12. I would wake up at 4:00am and my Mom would drive me to the next town over to babysit all day. As the years went on, I totaled somewhere between 25 – 30 jobs by the time I turned maybe 23. Obsessed with work: That was and still is me. 2008 and the next seven plus years were painful, so I could never afford the risk of an unpaid internship and didn’t know much about creating the intellectually proper path as a kid, so most of my jobs were restaurants, bartending, babysitting, and house cleaning, etc.. When I turned 21, I finally started getting and creating jobs that would give me the career and dreams I live out today of solving national problems and helping other people.
But anyway, thanks to the lifelong love, influence, and support of my two awesome and loving parents, my two older siblings who I lived with for a combined total of four Summers between the ages of 17 and 21, plus a four year college scholarship program for kids who were considered ‘least likely to graduate college’ which housed us, fed us, and paid for our education, I became a first generation, four year, college graduate from Manhattanville College in 2015. I also graduated as a NCAA D3 Women’s Soccer player on top of it. Two things I never could have imagined only months before graduating high school. I’m grateful for it all.
Sometimes, I would be so tired at practice at 6:00am/7:00am because I got home from bartending at 4:00am, that I would actually start to cry when we were made to run. Ha!
In 2015 after graduating, I was unable to afford housing in Westchester County where the big money was. At the time, I was working in the sales department of a resort hotel called Doral Arrowwood in Rye Brook, NY, which is now closed.
Weirdest part about that place was that Pfizer had a massive beautiful museum-like, locked, office space in the basement of the resort. It was very purple, and strangely futuristic with digital images, like mini movies, of people who I assume were their leaders and Pfizer historians hanging on the walls (this was 2015, so moving images hanging on walls were oddly advanced). I was escorted down into the entrance way and the beginning of the main hallway for a special and secretive tour, saw the hanging images, and then turned around and escorted back out. I will never forget that part of working there.
Unable to afford $1,500 – $3,000 apartments, I was commuting three hours from Binghamton to work until the General Manager found out and called me to his office one day. Closing the door behind me, he asked me about myself (since we had never really spoke before), and then invited me to secretly live at Doral. Shocked and left with few options, I accepted, and he began a list of confidentiality procedures I would follow to never get caught by other staff or even the cleaning crew. Unhappy with a $30,000 per year salary and a confidential living situation, I was NOT making it, and finally folded on New York all together. Finally, I moved to Wilmington, North Carolina and on the day I arrived, I landed a job as a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) working at the gym’s front desk until I passed my CPT exam. A new town, a new profession, and a great boss who taught me how to sell, and my life suddenly got very good.
Where I’m Going
As a Personal Trainer, I met dozens of people who could not afford training, and they reminded me of so many other people who faced similar hardships in my life. I wanted there to become a way for such a life changing service to be respected in healthcare, financially covered, and reach more people.
I would go home alone to my one bedroom apartment at night and work in total silence at my desk. After months of configuring, phone calls, and surveying people, I came up with Health Possible. Our first ever donor met me at the Ruby Tuesdays in Monkey Junction with $400 cash so that I could legally establish the organization. This was the day I became an entrepreneur.
Since then, I’ve been fortunate enough to start and operate three companies while meeting dozens of people that Health Possible would become a solution for. I’ve met people who’s stories began with drug addiction, found Health Possible, and then became marathon runners. I once met a woman, referred by her Doctor for hypothyroidism, who only spoke Spanish and during her enrollment meeting we had a translator. After six months of Health Possible’s financial aid and a whole care team, not only had she lost between 30 and 40 pounds and lived painlessly, but we caught up over coffee, just us two, where we spoke English for an hour and laughed between every sentence in amazement that she became bilingual.
My own story is one of billions around the world through the years, but I’m proud of where it’s led me and humbled to be given so many opportunities in life to share it with you. Maybe what we do can help you, or someone you know. I have big dreams for Health Possible to help millions that have put my team and the organization through financial risks, innovation risks – we have big hearts and care to do big things with them. There are more and better answers in this world than to only pay for things for people, and we’re always working behind the scenes to find those, what could be, world-changing solutions in human wellness.
Everything we do at Health Possible begins and ends with, “How can we help more people afford wellness, and at a greater scale.”
We’re not here to scratch the surface, we’re not here to make a tiny indent. We are building a company and solving major problems that could change generations of human life, the direction of a market, and re-define a corner of healthcare’s future. You could say that I consider a donation to Health Possible a pretty serious investment into a community-centered company. Donations pay for human WellCare – but they also are strategically invested into proprietary technology that allows us to collect and aggregate our target consumers financial and health data to better help them, marketing strategies that build a company tribe and a communal media presence, and fundraising initiatives that deepen the cultural belief system around what we do.
If you would like to become part of Health Possible or talk further, I invite you to do so by subscribing to our Newsletter, following our social media channels, finding me on LinkedIn, or simply reach out. Thanks for reading my story, and where it’s headed. I hope to see you down the road.