Jenni first encountered the child welfare system in 1995 when her foster brother entered their family. Her brother’s story and his five year adoptive journey had a profound impact, and she has had a desire for systemic transformation since. After several years in the business sector, the road for professional advocacy opened up in 2008. She had the idea for Chosen in 2008 and worked for a little over a year to found the organization.
Chosen‘s mission has evolved with Jenni at the helm to fulfill a unique need in the childcare welfare continuum. She is extremely passionate about children healing from the trauma of abuse, neglect, abandonment and loss, which is the agency’s primary focus today. Equally, she is dedicated to strengthening families as agents of healing for their children.
Jenni has a background in Communications, Psychology and Counseling. She has extended her professional training with a Nonprofit Management Certification, along with certifications in Leadership and Fundraising. Part of her role is advocating for systemic policy reform, and she is active in both federal and state affairs.
Jenni has served in multiple leadership roles locally and nationally, including most recently as Texas Chair of Family Focused Treatment Association (FFTA) and frequently speaks to both challenge and inspire colleagues, business and church leaders. She is a founding member of the Family Coalition’s church movement for More than Enough in New Braunfels, TX and intimately involved in Unicity’s Decade of Family in San Antonio.
Jenni enjoys coaching and mentoring others from what she has learned about nonprofit management, Board service, culture and implementing the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) from Traction to break through glass ceilings. In her spare time, she loves to read, exercise and spend time with her family. Jenni and her husband, Rob, have been married since 2005 and have four children.