Jennifer has demonstrated a strong commitment to providing care and assistance to disadvantaged people in society. While a student at Hiram, she worked as a rehabilitation assistant for the Society for Handicapped Citizens in Medina County
. Her work consisted of providing basic care for handicapped individuals in a residential setting. She assisted residents with maintaining personal hygiene and practicing essential life skills.
After graduating from Hiram College with a major in sociology, she accepted a position with the Alzheimer’s Association in Akron. Jennifer’s efforts on behalf of the association touched her fellow colleagues, volunteers, and patient caregivers. She facilitated caregiver support groups and coordinated volunteer efforts. In the evenings and on weekends, Jennifer made countless visits to family care providers to assist them in making good decisions about implementing effective programs for loved ones affected by Alzheimer’s.
Jennifer’s passion is working with developmentally disabled persons. After earning a Master of Social Work, she accepted a position with the Wayne County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities in Wooster, Ohio. There, she coordinates individual service plans that include health care and residential services. In spite of the demands of her professional position, Jennifer remains active with the Alzheimer’s Association as a support group volunteer.