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Meet Our Intern Jill

Jill Traynor is a chemical health intern at Vinland’s residential program in Loretto. She is working on getting her licensure in drug and alcohol counseling with Metropolitan State University. She hopes to get her licensure by Dec. 2015.


Why are you interested in your field of study?

I wanted to help people. I jokingly tell everyone that I’m a recovering accountant, but I really just wanted to find something more meaningful.

Why were you interested in an internship at Vinland?

I was interested in the client population here and Vinland has a really unique treatment model.

What are your goals after graduation?

I look forward to being a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) and working in that field at a treatment facility (maybe at Vinland).

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love to read. Right now I’m reading “The Theft of Memory” by Jonathan Kozol. I also loved to go see movies and go out to eat.

What are your favorite places you’ve ever been?

I loved seeing Scandinavia, which included visiting Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. I also loved seeing London, New York, and San Diego.

If you could meet anyone in the world, who would you meet?

His Holiness the Dalai Lama — He’s the embodiment of everything I inspire to be in terms of humility, kindness, and genuineness.

What is your spirit animal?

A panda — because it loves to eat, sleep and repeat.

How do you like to relax or de-stress?

I like to sleep-in when I can. I enjoy getting manicures or pedicures or just having a spa day with a facial or massage.

What song best describes your life?

“I’m Gonna Be Strong” by Cyndi Lauper