As chief learning officer, Jennifer is charged with oversight of NBOA's full line of professional development offerings including the NBOA Annual Meeting, Business Officer Institute, webinars and online courses, as well as many partnerships with other associations serving independent schools. As a subject matter expert and former independent school business officer, the VP oversees the development and delivery of content and services to independent schools related to their business operations, leadership and governance, nonprofit accounting practice, tax issues, and other matters of regulatory compliance, as well as develops and delivers such content herself. Jennifer is the staff liaison to the NBOA Board's Strategic Initiatives Committee.
A Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Jennifer worked in assurance and advisory services for international “Big 4” public accounting firm, Ernst & Young, before joining Harpeth Hall School, an all-girls school with 700 students in grades 5-12, in 2009 where she served as controller followed by associate director of finance and operations. In 2018, after joining NBOA in the new role of director, accounting, finance, and tax programs the year prior, Jennifer was named to her current senior leadership role with the organization, serving 1,400 independent schools.
In 2018-19, Jennifer is serving as president of the Junior League of Nashville (JLN), a 1,600-member organization of women volunteers, the 15th largest in the world under the Association of Junior Leagues International. She is honored to be a member of the Leadership Nashville class of 2018 and serves on the board of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt from 2017-2019. Her past JLN positions have included serving as the League's first-ever executive vice president, the inaugural chair of the Mentor Program, chair of the Community Impact Committee, and co-chair of the new member program. Jennifer is an alumna of the Young Leaders Council and has served on advisory councils for W. O. Smith School as well as LEAD Public Schools. She was also a 30 Under 30 honoree of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 2013 and a 2019 Nashville ATHENA Awards nominee.
Jennifer graduated in the top 7% of her class, magna cum laude from Birmingham-Southern College with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, Spanish, and business. She studied abroad at St. John's College of Oxford University, England in 2004.
Jennifer wrote and illustrated the bestselling book, GOODNIGHT, NASHVILLE, and gives a portion of each sale to a local non-profit.