Alex was born in San Jose, CA but spent his developmental years traveling throughout Southeast Asia with his family. Alex eventually settled in Raleigh, NC where he completed his primary education and enrolled at Appalachian State University. Throughout this time, he found himself struggling with low self-esteem and anxious thought patterns which manifested itself in poor performance in school and a need to isolate himself from the outside world. After a truly disastrous year in college, Alex and his family decided to find a program where he could address his personal struggles. This search led to Alex’s first exposure to Dragonfly Transitions. At Dragonfly he learned to navigate the ever-changing social fabric of adolescent and young adult life, coping skills to combat previous thought patterns, and most importantly, he learned to love himself again. After graduating from Dragonfly, Alex moved to Tacoma, WA where he received a BA in International Political Economy from the University of Puget Sound. While in school, Alex worked for the World Trade Center Tacoma as a Market Researcher and Intern Supervisor and assisted his professors in academic research into food insecurity in the greater Seattle area. Upon graduation, Alex began working at a law firm as a paralegal with the goal of entering law school within a year or two. After a year at the firm, Alex found himself pining for a more personal and fulfilling connection with clients. While evaluating various options, Alex thought back to Dragonfly and its impact on his life. He was drawn to the individualized and relationship focused treatment that Dragonfly provides its students and wanted to be a part of that process. Alex is excited to bring his unique perspective as a previous student at Dragonfly to the individual processes of its current students. In his free time, Alex can be found exploring the high desert, petting dogs, and spending time with friends.