Jen is an “accidental” advocate after being removed from her leadership position with Boy Scouts of America (BSA) because she is gay. Never having been involved in advocacy prior to her dismissal, she has since become a loud and proud voice for the LGBT community. She has spoken at GLAAD Media Awards in LA, San Francisco, NYC and attended her first Gay Pride Parade in 2012 in NY where she had the honor or riding in the parade with George Takei, was the Grand Marshall of Toledo OH’s 2012 Gay Pride Parade, spoken publicly at equality rallies, appeared on Dr. Drew, and numerous news programs about her journey to bring equality to the BSA. Jen also holds a position of Field Director for the organization Scouts For Equality, founded by Zach Walhs.
Jen is “married” (marriage equality has yet made its way to Ohio), to her partner, Alicia, and they have four beautiful children. Between balancing four kids, all the sporting and school events, homework, and managing a household, Jen continues to speak at equality events, churches, schools, and work behind the scenes to help bring equality, not only to scouts, but to all aspects of life. She holds college degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, and Building Preservation and Restoration.
Jen has recently joined the the Freedom To Marry Ohio team as Co-Chair of the steering Committee. She hopes to help bring marriage equality to Ohio. Jen is in the process of writing her first book. It is a children’s book describing her journey for equality in a language all children will understand. Stay tuned for details.