Jennifer is originally from Tennessee, but has lived in Connecticut, North Carolina, and California too. For the past 15 years, she’s lead orientation, leadership development, residence life, and experiential learning programs at universities across the US. Recently, she served as the founder and director of the University of California, Irvine’s Costa Rica Program focused on global sustainability and cultural immersion.
Prior to her time in California, she spent a year working, volunteering, and traveling around the world while engaging with communities in 18 countries across 4 continents. This fall she’ll lead a team of student affairs professionals as they guide first semester freshmen from Northeastern University beginning college in Greece. Jennifer is particularly interested in developing culturally component and globally minded leaders who create positive social change in the world. She also spends time coaching leaders helping them clarify their purpose while building effective teams.
Jennifer received both her masters of science degree in education and her bachelors in business from the University of Tennessee. She is also a faculty fellow with the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication.
In her free time you can find her camping in national parks, out on the water sailing or kayaking, meeting up with friends around the world, and honing her culinary skills. She sailed with Semester at Sea as a staff member in Fall 2006 and is excited for the adventure that awaits her with the Spring 2017 Voyage!