About Coke

It’s natural to want to know more about someone you may engage and pay for services! Here are some aspects of my background that you may find helpful as you decide whether we’re the right fit.

Initiations and Rites of Passage (a decolonized CV):

Born after a sibling who
died. Grew up in an Asian American and
Black neighborhood in urban
Los Angeles. Experienced two scary
injuries by age
8. Lived through racial violence en
masse
. Grew up on loads
of R&B. Fell in love more
than once. Have lost
loved ones. Endured a sensitive women’s
health condition until
cured. Experienced straight love,
marriage, separation and divorce. Served as a
clinical social worker/therapist with abused
children, hospice patients and their
survivors, and families living with
HIV/AIDS. Survived panic attacks and major
depressive episodes. Had poems/essays
published; read work at live lit
events and on radio. Studied jazz
& contemporary dance, hula,
butoh and taiko. Have known financial
loss. Have parented kitties and doggies. Loved
(and still love) being
an auntie. Awakened to my
queerness, was lovingly told, “welcome
home.” Performed solo
theater and learned the magic of ensemble
improvisation. Developed
embodied antiracism teaching forms. Underwent
treatment for cancer. Served (and serve) as spiritual
formation/nurture staff in progressive Asian American
United Methodist congregations. Periodically heard
(and hear) a calming voice, have received
signs of guidance which I can only attribute to the Holy
and Mysterious
One. Survived global pandemic with the help of Movement
for Humans and Poetic
Medicine. Called and commissioned by community.

Traditional Credentials (a colonized CV):

BA in Psychology, San Jose State University
MSW (emphasis in Mental Health), UC Berkeley
MFA in Interdisciplinary Art, California Institute for Integral Studies
MDiv, Pacific School of Religion

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of California
Member, Spiritual Directors International
Member, Sacred Roots Healers of Color Collective

L.A. Poets & Writers Collective
PEN-USA Emerging Voices Rosenthal Literary Fellowship
Jacob’s Pillow Summer Resident (Community-Based Choreography)
Solo Performance Workshop artist
Certified InterPlay© Leader
Wing It! Performance Ensemble member
Hedgebrook Writing Residency