Mia was born in Montreal, Canada, but grew up in Wilmington, Delaware. Our small family of four was incredibly close and shared everything including a belief in the importance of education and making a difference. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University, Mia obtained a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University in San Diego, a Masters of Science in Applied Psychology and was on the cusp of receiving her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at LIU Post (she was since awarded it post-humously). She was beautiful inside and out, brilliant, hardworking, and determined in her studies, demonstrating incredible grit in the face of adversity.
During her studies, Mia spent time working with autistic children, children in the foster care system, and adults with addictions, among others. However, she had decided that her passion was supporting our country's heroes, and so she was going to fulfill her dream of being a psychologist by working with veterans post-graduation, and therefore was elated upon being selected to serve her final internship at her number one choice - the Brooklyn VA. Unfortunately, she passed away tragically on June 12, 2017.
Our family chose The Wounded Warriors Project as the organization through which we can continue her legacy since we learned that she had spoken highly about it with her supervisor. Within the first two years of her passing, our family and friends have generously donated over $61k in her memory. Even Mia's beloved niece and nephew, only 6 and 10 years old respectively, understand the importance of keeping Mia's passion alive and have made personal donations through lemonade stands and birthday money. Knowing that critical funds are being directed to veterans through the WWP gives us some comfort that we are doing a little bit, though we know Mia would have done so much more. She had a heart of gold and the world would have benefited greatly from her loving influence. Thank you for helping us keep her legacy alive.