Jess loved her Queen's experience, where she graduated with a BAH in History. While at Queen's, she was active as a Gael, a Coordinator for ArtSci Orientation, a Deputy Commissioner in the AMS, and then Vice President University Affairs of the AMS in 1995-96. Jess also worked on campus in a number of capacities: AMS Walk Home, Queen's Telethon, and the Department of Alumni Affairs. Jess was previously involved in the Toronto Alumni Branch Executive, lastly in the position of Vice President. For 10 years, Jess has been involved with the QUAA Board, as MiniU Co-chair, then EVP Marketing and Communications, and now as President.
After Queen’s, Jess attended U of T, and studied - Internet Business and Technology. Now, Jess and her husband own a web development, ecommerce and online marketing firm, called Insiteful Solutions.
Jess and John live in a hamlet just north-east of Toronto, and Jess has two step-daughters, one in Grade 9 and the other in third year university. In October 2011, on Queen’s University’s “bday”, Jess gave birth to a happy, healthy and very active little boy, (and future Queen's alum), named Bentley. Jess enjoys spending time with her husband, children, family and friends. Her hobbies include photography, Queen's activities, volunteering as a Board member of a Rotary Club, hiking and "cottaging".