Jen is an “accidental” advocate after being removed from her leadership position in the Boy Scouts of America because she is gay.
Never having been involved in advocacy prior to her dismissal, she has since become a loud and proud voice for the LGBT community.
She has spoken at GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and attended her first Gay Pride Parade in 2012 in New York where she had the honor of riding in the parade with George Takei. She has served as the Grand Marshall of Toledo's Gay Pride Parade, spoken publicly at equality rallies, appeared on Dr. Drew and numerous news programs about her journey to bring equality to the Boy Scouts of America. Jen also holds a position of Field Director for the organization Scouts For Equality, founded by Zach Walhs.
Jen holds college degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, and Building Preservation and Restoration. She is currently employed as a window restoration specialist and enjoys bringing historic beauty back to life. Jen is “married” (marriage equality has yet make its way to Ohio), to her partner, Alicia, and they have four beautiful children. Between balancing four kids, all the sporting and school events, homework and managing a household, Jen continues to speak at equality events, churches, schools and work behind the scenes to help bring equality, not only to scouts, but to all aspects of life.
Jen has recently joined the the Freedom To Marry Ohio team as co-chair of the steering committee. She hopes to help bring marriage equality to Ohio. Jen is in the process of writing her first book. It is a children’s book describing her journey for equality in a language all children will understand.
"You must never be fearful when what you are doing is right." - Rosa Parks
'Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." - MLK