Jennifer grew up in Stockton, MN and is a graduate of Winona Senior High School. She received bachelors degree in political science and spanish from Saint Mary’s University. Following undergraduate studies, Jennifer attended the Edwin O. Stene Master’s Program in Public Administration at the University of Kansas. During graduate school, she worked first for the City Clerk/human resources department in Shawnee, KS and then completed a full-time internship with the City Manager’s office in Des Moines, IA. After receiving her MPA and spending a year with the City of Des Moines, she and her husband Jon returned to southeast Minnesota to live closer to family. Jennifer worked in the administration of non-profit Community Action agencies from 2001-2011, first at Western Dairyland Economic Opportunity Council headquartered in Independence, WI and then at Semcac, which has its main office in Rushford, MN. Jennifer joined CEDA in November 2011 and is one of two CEDA team members providing city administrative services to the City of Lewiston. Jennifer and her husband have lived in Rushford since 2003, where they are raising their two children. She is also a member of the City of Rushford Planning Commission and the Rushford Community Foundation Board, and in her spare time enjoys volunteering in the community, reading, and running.
Also joining the team is Beth Carlson. She joined CEDA in January of 2012 and is the other team member providing city administrative services to the City of Lewiston. Beth is a former employee of Herff Jones, Inc in Lewisotn where she spent nearly 15 years as a seasonal employee in production, customer service, and human resources. She recieved an associate of appliped science degree in supervisory management and another in accounting, as well as bachelors degree in individualized studies where she used her business and accounting knowledge, adding in human diversity issues, and learned to look at the world from a global perspective.