Emilee attended Greenville University and graduated with a degree in Psychology. She played softball in college and enjoyed being in theatre. Although Emilee never really saw herself working with kids, she always seemed to end up in situations where she worked with children. She first served at her church in the children's ministry, working with 2 year olds, but you would never catch her in nursery working with the infants. Becoming a Hands of Hope Intern has changed all of that. Emilee has always known that she wanted to foster children, but she had no idea you could do it as a 22 year old. When her professor showed her the Casa de Esperanza Hands of Hope internship opportunity, she jumped at the chance without a second thought.
Emilee plans to stay at Casa de Esperanza beyond her initial one year commitment. She hopes to start her master's online in the fall for Criminology through Loyola University New Orleans. She dreams of creating a place similar to Casa de Esperanza, but for previously incarcerated individuals and their families to restart their lives. She wants to give a voice to the voiceless and fight for justice in an unjust world.