Liz Riggs

MOM! to three | wife | sister | friend | counselor | proud parent of two goldens | suicide prevention advocate | kindness activist | positive psychology proponent | connector

In my work as a high school counselor, academic advisor and independent college consultant, I have embraced the philosophy, "Be who you needed when you were younger." As such, I always try to lead with empathy - I listen, I hear and I validate.

A few years ago, I initiated and wrote curriculum for a kindergarten thru 8th grade after-school program with an emphasis on kindness and caring for others. It was through this program that I was introduced to the incredible work of Club Comfort. I continue to be so impressed with what this club accomplished in my school and the enthusiasm in which their message is received by students and adults.

On a more personal note, I have grieved the losses of several family members over the last few years. In the midst of all that darkness, the Comfort Dogs and Club Comfort facilitators were the bright lights who were there consistently to help me process my grief in a healthy and constructive manner.

I am incredibly excited to be a part of this team, as I have witnessed its benefits as an observer, volunteer, and as the one who needed comforting. Inspiring Comfort goes beyond performing random acts of kindness, it's about intentionally building long-lasting connections, truly caring for others and the power of hope and the ripple effect.