Molly is all of us; a sister, daughter, wife, mother, and educator. She is your son’s teacher, your best friend, your next door neighbor. Speaking with Molly is effortless, her natural inclination to empathetically be present and honest makes a conversation with her feel like the most familiar experience. What’s remarkable about Molly is that she is so relatable, her successes and failures are our own valleys and peaks. We celebrate Molly because she is so transparent in her struggles, so honest with her hopes, and so resilient in the face of hardship.

Originally coming to Colorado from Ohio, Molly was raised in a big family in Cleveland with many siblings and cousins. Her calm demeanor in the midst of chaos can be attributed to many family gatherings over birthdays and holidays.  In high school she spent much of her time in the theater community, spending nights and weekends with other expressive and creative classmates exploring the emotions and challenges of growing up on stage. After high school, Molly planned to pursue theater at university, but as life does, it throws curveballs. She ended up majoring in Communications, minoring in Music and Business Management hoping to do PR and Marketing. This is where she learned through an internship that  “marketing” is a euphemism for sales, something Molly quickly felt was inauthentic to herself and her goals. With an unclear destination the summer after her senior year, she went to work at a summer camp for youth and adults with disabilities, spent the summer and fall educating youth and nannying for a relative. This is where Molly discovered a hidden gift for working with adults with disabilities, something she hadn’t considered but quickly grew enamoured with. This sent her to Kent State for graduate work in special education.

What is so striking about Molly is her willingness to speak candidly about regret and failure, about anxiety or fears. She sees herself with refreshing clarity, able to call out moments of weakness or frustration. Molly in one word is dynamic; she approaches adversity with tenacity and strength, yet she is humble and kind. She is gentle, yet direct.

Molly now lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, RJ, and her son, Everett. She continues to work with high school students with disabilities, but also pursues her talents in other fields as well. She is not resigned to stay still. She spent six years with the Denver Women’s Chorus to keep her finger on the pulse of the arts community that has so clearly illuminated her journey. She continues to do work with The Vagina Monologues in Denver as well, diving into social activism in addition to connecting to her creative spirit.

Molly finds new perspectives through these outlets, navigating the dynamics in relationships with her husband, as a woman, and most significantly now as a mother. She has become a woman intensified by the love and relationships that define her.