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After graduating from Lillie B. Williamson High School, I joined the U.S. Air Force. I received a medical discharge, due to my disability. I attended Bishop State Jr. College and received my Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of South Alabama. I also received my Master of Science Degree from Alabama State University and pursued further studies in Elementary Education at Springhill College. I was employed with the State of Alabama, Department of Juvenile Justice for over thirty years. During my career as a Juvenile Probation Officer, I was instrumental in writing, developing and coordinating The Gun Program. The objective was to reduce the recidivism rate of gun offenses committed by adjudicated juveniles that were originally referred to the program. The program was successful. I wrote, developed and coordinated the Behavior Aide Program, owned and operated by Booker T. and Patricia Smith. The program’s objective was to maximize each child's potential, while minimizing behavior conflicts at school, in group homes or wherever the child resided. These services were contracted with the Alabama Department of Human Resources. I was employed with the Mobile Mental Health Center as an outpatient Therapist in their shelter for runaways. I acquired over 2,000 hours of therapeutic contact. I was also employed as an Addiction Therapist in a private clinic for two years. I acquired over 2,000 hours of therapeutic contact there as well.