Meet a New Face On the for Military Families Team

If you ask Jennifer Marsh, our new Client Services Manager for the Military Team, to name one favorite way to spend a day, don’t be surprised if she says that she loves to ride camels.  The former English and social studies teacher returned this summer to the U.S. from Amman, Jordan, where she and her family spent the last five years.  Her husband is a diplomat for the U.S. State Department, and over the last decade or so Jennifer has lived in India, Australia, Tunisia and Jordan.

Jennifer caught the traveling bug when she visited Tokyo, Japan, and Seoul, Korea, with her parents when she was twelve.  Asia was very different than San Diego, California, where she grew up, and she loved choosing the most exotic things to eat with chopsticks for every meal.

She got her bachelor’s degree from Occidental College in Los Angeles and her master’s from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, on a Rotary Fellowship.  When she worked in admissions at Linfield College, in McMinnville, Oregon, she spent an enormous amount of time in the fall on the road, visiting high schools in the western states and community colleges in Oregon.  One November she only spent four days at home in the entire month!  (Her cat was not impressed.)

In Jordan, Jennifer worked as a freelance writer and editor.  Her projects included creating walking trail brochures for the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (Wild Jordan), editing medical guidelines and interviewing storytellers, sometimes in Arabic.  She wrote three books about the Kingdom and met the King’s mother, who loves dogs.

Although she and her family only rode camels a few times, it was one of her favorite things about living in Jordan, and she misses it.  However, she is trying to make up for it by eating BBQ.  Jennifer is excited about working with military families through and looks forward to meeting many of them, first off in Nebraska.

Leave a comment to say hi to Jennifer! She’d love to hear your ideas about how to best reach military families in your community.

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