Having grown up as a camper, Jessica first came to United Methodist camping leadership as Assistant Site Manager and Nature Resource Guide at Wesley Forest in Central PA. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Resort Recreation Management and a Master’s in Parks and Resource Management from Slippery Rock University. As Camping and Retreat Ministries Coordinator in the Western PA United Methodist Annual Conference for eight years, Jessica spearheaded a multi-year, multi-million-dollar capital campaign, worked with hundreds of volunteers, and championed camping ministries in the local church, Conference, and beyond. She was elected as a Northwest Jurisdiction representative to the UMCRM Board in 2012, and served as Board Vice-Chair until she resigned to become UMCRM's first Association Director in 2019. As a volunteer, she was a primary driver for the Intentional Leadership Groups, UMCRM Book Group, and Online Volunteer Training, in addition to her contributions to policy governance and strategic planning. With UMCRM as her full-time work and primary focus, Jessica has shifted Association initiatives into "turbo" mode, helped us get many loose ducks in a row, and creatively leveraged our resources to move our mission forward. Jessica and spouse Heath are parents to Skye and Leland. Jessica works from her home office in Pittsburgh, PA.
United Methodist Camp & Retreat Ministries (UMCRM) Association