Jennifer was raised in a small town in West Texas. She attended public school her entire childhood. She always dreamed of going to college, but with a lack of funds, she went into the workforce instead.
At 23 years old, Jennifer joined the United States Air Force and was assigned as an Intelligence Analyst. She had the opportunity to work with United State Air Forces Southern Command focusing on Latin America and also working with the A-10's and Middle Eastern Intelligence. While serving in the United States Air Force, Jennifer, a first-generation college student, obtained an associates degree in Intelligence Studies from the Community College of the Air Force, a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Bethel University, and a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University.
After fulfilling her military commitment, she decided to pursue her life-long passion, education. Jennifer was admitted into The Ohio State's Educational Studies Ph.D. program and is currently completing her Ph.D. in Education Policy with an emphasis on U.S. history both in early America and in modern America. Jennifer is currently working on a research project that looks at territorial Arizona (1863-1912) and the foundations of the first public and private schools including the "Indian" boarding schools.
Although Jennifer is no longer serving as an active duty service member, she continues to be involved in the military community. She currently serves as the Diversity & Inclusion Policy Analyst for The American Military Partner Association, holds a role as a Veteran Community Advocate at The Ohio State University, and is a 2017-2018 Veteran in Global Leadership Fellow.
Jennifer continually strives to change the world through learning, engaging with other, and honoring her commitment to leaving the world a better place than it was before she was born.
To learn more about Jennifer, check out her curriculum vitae.