Hi, I'm Jessica McQuade. Originally hailing from Connecticut, I currently live in Colorado by way of stints in Texas, Utah and France. After completing a degree in Psychology with a specialization in Mental Health and a fulfilling 18-year career in Human Resources, I got lost for a few years fighting for my life against a mystery illness that turned out to be the infamous Mold/Lyme & Co-infections combo.
I'm now fully focused on helping others navigate this.
My mold journey began in 2015 in Paris, but I didn't actually figure that out until 2021 in Colorado. With a list of 30+ symptoms of mystery illness, I lay in my bed thinking "this is it, I can feel myself dying". That was when we found it: toxic mold in the crawlspace beneath our basement. The period that followed was a dark one, to say the least.
Today, I am determined to provide for other people the thing I needed most when I was at my worst: support, guidance and credible information delivered however you need it to make it digestible, useful and actionable.
I have completed a lot of the very same training as certified inspectors and remediators so that I can have in-depth, educated discussions with them. I have completed training that was created for medical practitioners to make them "mold-literate" so that I can better understand the physiological impacts of mold and how the medical community can manage testing and treatment. I'm constantly networking with professionals across every industry that may come into contact with mold in order to build my web of knowledge to best support my clients.
How can I help you navigate your mold journey?
- IICRC Certified Water Restoration Technician (WRT)
- IICRC Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT)
- NORMI Certified Mold Assessor (CMA)
- NORMI Certified Mold Remediator (CMR)
- NORMI Certified Remediator for Sensitized Individuals (NCRSI)
- NORMI Certified Microbial Professional (NCMP)
- IICRC Contents Processing (CPT)
- IICRC House Cleaning Technician (HCT)
- NORMI Mold Assessment Report Writing
- We Inspect: "Mold Finders Method" (Mold Inspection training)
- We Inspect "Mold Masterclass"
- Dr. Jill Crista's "Mold Training Course for Medical Practitioners"
- NORMI Intro to Assessor/Remediator Training
- NORMI Assessor Best Practices
- NORMI IAQ Basics 101
- Dwell Well (Cheryl Ciecko) Mold Expert Masterclass in progress
- Toxic, by Neal Nathan
- Mold Medic, by Michael Rubino
- Break the Mold, by Dr. Jill Crista
- Mold Illness: Surviving and Thriving, by Paula Vetter, Laurie Rossi and Cindy Edwards
- Development of an Environmental Relative Moldiness Index for US Homes (ERMI), Vesper et al.
- ERMI: It's Not About the Score, We Inspect
- Mycotoxins: Critical Information for Mold Remediation Contractors and Occupants, Real Time Labs
- A quick primer on the perils of using ERMI samples for post-remediation verification of mold projects, Wonder Makers Environmental
- Effective Cleaning, by John Banta
- IEP Panel of Survival Mold Consensus Statement for Microbial Remediation 2020
- A Condensed Remediation Plan for Small Microbial Particles, aeroBiological Solutions, Inc.
- Understanding and Dealing with Mycotoxins, WonderMakers Environmental
- The Gupta Program
- MoldFinders Radio Podcast
- Change the Air Foundation's "mini classes"
- IAQA (Indoor Air Quality Association)
- NORMI (National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors
Mold detection, remediation and treatment are all very rapidly evolving fields. My goal is to keep up with the recognized thought leaders on these topics and efficiently share related information with you.
However, please be aware that I cannot always be on top of every piece of this very large and often disjointed puzzle. Please also be aware that there is competing, and sometimes even fully contradictory information, being published on these topics by well-respected sources. I will do my best to sort through it and based upon my training, personal experience and information gained from various experts across these fields, share what I believe to be the most current and accurate information.
That said, I encourage you to always do your own research and follow directly the thought leaders that resonate most with you. Find your own web of trusted inspectors, remediators, medical practitioners, etc. that YOU trust and heed their advice above all others, including mine.
I am not an inspector, remediator nor medical practitioner.
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Aside from all that, I hope you find this content useful on your journey!