Jennifer was raised in southern Indiana, Seymour, and is the oldest of six siblings. She began college at Indiana State University in 1996 before finishing her associate degree in Business Administration with a Legality Specialty from Ivy Tech State College.
Jennifer met her husband while home on summer break from ISU in 1997 and celebrate their 22-year wedding anniversary this November (25 years together). They have a 21-year-old son, who is getting ready to get married in 2023, and a 19-year-old son, who graduated from high school in June 2022.
Even though her degree is in business, every career she’s had was either in finance or accounting. Her mother was a CFO (Chief Financial Officer) for JayC/Kroger food stores and her grandfather was an algebra teacher so she was surrounded by numbers growing up. She lovingly says, “numbers just come naturally to me thanks to my upbringing.” After being an Accounting Manager for a management company of homeowners’ associations for nearly 2 years, she made the decision to sideline her career in order to stay home with her youngest son. Once her youngest son entered kindergarten, Jennifer went back to work as an assistant for an Indiana-based utility company. Little did she know, she would stay with this company for the next 14 years.
During her time at the utility company, she was a “Jill-of-all-trades”. She dabbled in everything from Accounting/Finance, Customer Service, Administration, and Operations. In 2017, with a growing family and bustling career, Jennifer made the decision to go back to school to obtain her bachelor’s degree in Business Management. In 2018, she fulfilled this dream and graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University.
In Jennifer’s free time, she loves reading action and Sci-Fi books, cooking (but not baking), spending time with her family (especially her nieces and nephews since her sons are older), hiking with her husband, but is a self-proclaimed “mediocre outdoorswoman” but certainly tries to play the part, and lastly watching her youngest son play soccer. She is a philanthropist who spends her time outside of work advocating for children with cancer, volunteering at Gleaner’s Food Bank, and fundraising for United Way. She is the acting Board President (previously the treasurer) of her homeowner association.