Josh (also known to some by his middle name “Dakota”) was born and raised on the East coast in Maryland. Throughout college, Josh volunteered at the campus counseling center to educate peers on topics related to mental health and physical wellness. Josh graduated from Towson University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. While in Maryland, he gained experience in a diverse range of medical settings including the Kennedy Krieger’s family therapy and neurobehavioral clinic, as well as the Sheppard Pratt adult crisis stabilization unit.
Believing in the benefits of holistic treatment, Josh moved to the Big Island of Hawaii, where he worked at a horticultural therapy program for over a year. In his time as a guide, Josh was able to combine his passions of the outdoors, developing community, and empowering others to take ownership of their thoughts, actions, and emotions. Josh also led groups in a rites of passage experience designed for deepening personal insight, spiritual understanding, and setting lifelong intentions.
Now beginning a new venture as a mentor with Dragonfly, Josh hopes to instill mindfulness approaches while assisting students in their journey to find healthy balance. Josh is thrilled by the opportunity to step into a role that will enable resourcefulness and continuity in the relationships that he fosters.
Josh is fascinated by the interweaving of culture, society, and familial conditioning to understand how a person has been individually shaped. Josh is in his most joyful state when playing or watching basketball, cooking vegetarian meals, and discovering beautiful paths in nature.