1. Advocacy, Volunteerism and Fundraising work since 1999
- Received the prestigious Jefferson Award in June 2012
- Outstanding Public Service
- Recipient of the 2011 National Volunteer Accessibility Achievement Award
- Superior Accomplishments in Advancing the Concept of "Universal Access" within the National Park Service (NPS).
- Recognizes a NPS Volunteer whose dedicated work in fundraising, leadership, park programs and/or project design and construction has significantly improved accessibility for persons with disabilities.
- Received Award of Recognition from State of Wisconsin
- For my continuous efforts to educate others about drinking and driving, promoting wheelchair accessibility and supporting medical research.
2. Motivational, Inspirational, Educational Speaker and ROLL Model.
Over the years, I have spoken to a countless number of schools, colleges, universities, churches, conventions and conferences bringing awareness and education to thousands of children, teens, young adults of all ages on many issues such as:
- "The Crash" ~ My Story
- Consequences of Reckless (Drinking, Drugging & Texting) Driving
- Importance of medical research
- Importance of wearing a seat belt
- Unhealthy & Abusive relationships
- Importance of Occupational & Physical therapies
- Importance of good decision making today & how it effects your future tomorrow
- Educating & bringing awareness to Spinal Cord and Traumatic Injuries
- Changing attitudes, stereotypes and misperceptions society has about people living with a disability and physical challenges, just to name a few.
4. Fashion Show Coordinator & Visionary
- "This Is How We Roll" Fashion Show Fundraiser & Community Awareness Event was created to highlight the importance of medical research, wheelchair accessibility and inclusion within the community by breaking down barriers and changing the stereotypes society has about wheelchair users. We are also focused on providing each model with an overall life changing experience by promoting positivity, self-worth and life skills, such as being a positive role model and giving back to his/her community.
5. Model and Committee Member for the Fashion Show for All Abilities
- Community awareness event, highlighting the reality that persons with disabilities are valuable customers and that businesses benefit by extending courtesy and respect to them.
6. Reigned as Ms. Wheelchair Wisconsin 2001
- Represented the state of Wisconsin at a National level in the Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
- My platform was simple; The Consequences of Drinking and Driving.
7. Board Member for the Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation
- Mission is to raise money for Spinal Cord Injury Research and other neurological disorders; works to promote the quality of life for the physically challenged.
8. Advice Columnist, “Hey Jen!” for an online magazine called mobileWOMEN.org
9. Membership Coordinator and Volunteer for the Ice Age Trail Alliance's Waushara County Chapter
- 1 of 21 volunteer chapters that makes up the 1,200 miles of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.
Did you know?
** Summer of 2011, my first piece of writing was published. My chapter was chosen by Authors Irmo Marini, Noreen M. Glover-Graf and Michael Jay Millington to appear in their textbook. My piece can be found in Chapter 7 – Sexuality & Disability. Available in book stores everywhere.
Psychosocial Aspects of Disability: Insider Perspectives and Strategies for Counselors
** My aspirations include, publishing my biography and a children's book someday.
** In my free time, I participate in many Recreational Activities such as, adaptive water-skiing, kayaking, hiking and boating. I also enjoy traveling, reading, writing and spending time with my 2 toy poodles. Most of all, I love my role as an Auntie to my 6 nieces and nephews.
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