Jennifer and her husband, Brian, live in Ames and have two college-aged daughters.
She holds a B.S. degree in Elementary Education. Jennifer taught full time for 7 years and then as a substitute teacher from 2003-2015.
As a volunteer Jennifer has been active as a Fellows elementary parent volunteer, Collegiate Presbyterian Church Youth Worship program volunteer, Ames High School parent volunteer as sports rep and Band Boosters, and Raising Readers in Story County. She has helped with 2nd-grade tours of Mary Greeley Medical Center and with delivering meals for United Way Women With Initiative program. Jennifer is currently the Board Chair for Raising Readers in Story County.