Jennifer has been the Strategic Outreach Manager for MVAA since April 2021. She oversees the initiatives at MVAA that help make Michigan the ideal place for veterans and their families to live and succeed. Through a series of initiatives in the state, Michigan ensures that Veteran-Friendly Schools are dedicated to veterans' success; that Veteran-Friendly Employers are dedicated to hiring and retaining veteran talent; that all programing, supports and benefits throughout the state support a veteran's health and wellbeing; and that veterans and their families have the ability to connect within their supportive communities.
Jennifer is a Marine Corps veteran. She enlisted in the Marine Corps reserves in 1993 and served as the third woman trained in Nuclear Biological and Chemical Defense. When she graduated from college, she received her commission to active duty with the Marines. She was the first woman assigned to an infantry company for the Marines, Small Craft Co, 2MarDiv. Her awards and decorations include the Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Unit Commendation Award and the National Defense Service Medal.
Jennifer is married to a Marine veteran and she comes from a multi-generational veteran family. Both of her grandfathers served in WWII (one in the Army, one in the Navy). Her father served in the Navy during Vietnam. Her father-in-law served in the Michigan National Guard. Her sister and brother-in-law both served in the Oklahoma Army National Guard.
Jennifer is a licensed social worker and has worked in both public and private programming specific to veterans, service members and their families. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, a Master of Social Work from the University of Loyola, Chicago, and a Master of Child Development from the Erikson Institute.