My name is Rodney. I’m a mental health therapist, writer, and speaker. I live by the motto, “If you’re looking for an excuse, you’ll find one. ” It is through this worldview that I’ve been able to overcome a life of hardships and live a life of purpose and calling.

Born to drug-addicted parents in a crime-riddled neighborhood, I was often absent from school, missing 100 days in the eighth grade and being sent to juvenile detention for truancy. I lived with two separate families through high school while my parents were incarcerated and returned to live with them after they were released and became youth pastors at a local church.

Through the grace of God and the support of teachers, family, and friends, I made it to college. After failing out of college my first year due to poor grades, I worked hard to return to school. After graduating with my bachelor’s degree in social work from Malone University, I went on to earn my master’s degree in social work from Case Western Reserve University.

I have broken the chains of generational poverty and addiction by remaining true to my calling of service to others and commitment to faith. My story is one of personal responsibility and goes to show that with the support of others and hard work, you can change your life.