Jen has worked with children and youth in every setting imaginable, and has always had a knack for connecting with the most mischievous. After nearly two decades in education and child welfare, she founded a one-of-its-kind nonprofit to walk alongside adoptive families and help them heal from the effects of trauma. In 2021, her nonprofit merged with Foster Village, and Jen became the Director of Programs.
Jen has spent countless hours walking alongside families through each unique facet of the fostering and adoption process. She has been trained in multiple disciplines of behavior management, and is a certified Trust-Based Relational Intervention Practitioner. Jen has also presented at conferences and other groups, led trainings, worked closely with treatment team members, and served on boards, all to help others provide ideal care to traumatized children.
Jen got hitched to BJ Brown in April 2010, and they live in Round Rock, Texas, with their mutt, Barkley (yes, he's named after Charles). Jen has been crafty since before Pinterest was born, is addicted to strong coffee, is a die-hard football fan, and hopes to someday be a beach bum.