April graduated from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in 1999 with a BS in social work and received her MSW with a focus on gender specific programming in the justice system in 2009. April worked in juvenile justice for 10 years before moving into behavioral research. She then spent 10 years as a research coordinator within Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work and the Department of Psychiatry with studies focusing on trauma and PTSD, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Throughout her time in research, she remained involved with reentry work through volunteer, consultant, and Board activities with local reentry organizations. In 2019 she returned to her passion of working with justice involved populations on a full-time basis as the Director of Programs at the Keyway Center for Diversion and Reentry. In 2021 she accepted the position of Executive Director.