Where are you from? Tell us about you.
“Born in Indiana, I grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina just outside of Asheville. Fast forward to today, I am raising my family not too far from my childhood home in Hendersonville, NC. I spent over twenty years working in healthcare, mostly long-term/skilled nursing care, before transitioning to the nonprofit sector.”
What brings you to Jett Foundation?
“The question should be why not Jett?! As we navigated a diagnosis of Duchenne ourselves, it was Jett Foundation programs like Porch Nite that offered guidance and support in navigating this journey. It was the Jett Giving Fund that assisted us in obtaining an accessible van when our son transitioned to wheelchair use. As Javon became a teenager, it is the virtual option Camp Promise has offered that keeps him engaged with his peers. The diagnosis, the experiences, the journey; this is what pushed me to continue my education in social work.”
Fun facts about you?
“Playing in the dirt is my happy place. I love gardening and strolling through Lowe’s garden section looking for random clearance plants! I can say the alphabet backwards and while I love all four seasons WNC brings, I LOVE snow!”
What are you most excited about at Jett Foundation?
“I look forward to bringing lived experience to the Jett team while identifying resources and helping families navigate difficult systems. Mostly, I look forward to being a part of a foundation that continues to pour into those they serve.”
To connect with Jessica, you can email her at email@example.com.