Hi, I’m Jen, a Detroit-based communications professional with more than a decade of experience in writing, editing, multimedia journalism, photography, videography, social media management, website management, graphic design and more. I’m a “Jane of All Trades” who isn’t afraid to jump in and learn something new!
Though I initially attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to pursue dual degrees in French horn performance and music education, I realized a career in music wasn’t for me, so I left school in 2003 to serve in the Army National Guard as a combat medic. I received an honorable discharge after several years of service.
In 2008, I enrolled at Oakland University and took JRN 200: News Writing to fulfill a general education requirement. After the very first class, I was hooked! I changed my major from elementary education to journalism, and two years later, I finished my BA in Journalism at Oakland University, where I received the school’s prestigious Meritorious Achievement Award — an award given to only one graduating senior in the College of Arts and Sciences.
A glutton for punishment, I went back to school full-time in 2016 (while continuing to work full-time as chief editor of the No. 1 monthly national plumbing magazine) to pursue my master’s degree at Wayne State University. While at Wayne State, I received a graduate professional scholarship as well as the Doretta Burke Sheill Endowed Memorial Scholarship. In 2017, I completed my MA in English with a concentration in writing, rhetoric and composition from Wayne State University; my thesis on epideictic rhetoric and pharmaceutical advertising can be viewed here (if you’re into that kind of thing).
Currently, I work in corporate communications at Adient, a Tier 1 automotive seating supplier based in metro Detroit. I manage the external website and “support global corporate communications,” which is a fancy way of saying I do everything from writing and editing to graphic design, social media, product photography, video marketing, town hall production, and so much more.
I live in Royal Oak, Michigan, with my husband, teenage son and two geriatric doggos (that’s 17-year-old Thumper to the right). And yes, I still play the French horn. 🙂