Born and raised in Minnesota, Jessica grew up in a small town with a supportive and loving family. As she started “seeing” disparities in her community she began to speak up for what was right. This continued after high school and was the motivation for her college direction in Social Work. Jessica received a Bachelor’s in Social Work from UW-Superior and a Master’s in Social Work from UM-Duluth. Jessica has worked in in the social services field for more than 19 years and the capacities include: Juvenile Detention Counselor, Crisis Shelter Advocate, Youth Mental Health Outreach Worker, Housing Case Manager, Child Protection/Youth and Family Services in Wisconsin and Minnesota Counties, Reproductive Health Education, Mental Health Services, ARMHS Services in Tribal Communities, and Case Management Services. Jessica’s position with First Witness, prior to being a Family Advocate, was the Lead Community Advocate for the Heart for the People program. Through all her work experiences it has been confirmed that her long time passion and talent in advocacy will always trump her other skills.