Jill began working with JRS in January 2016, but has been working with the refugee community in the Eternal City since 2012. Her work with displaced people began many years ago as a student interning with street children in Bogota, Colombia in 1997. She is a graduate of Harvard University's Global Mental Health: Refugee Trauma and Recovery program. Additionally, she holds degrees in International Relations and Environmental Education. She is has served on the staffs of environmental, interfaith, and social justice organizations on three continents. Jill is a mother and enjoys practicing yoga in her free time.
She is from Wisconsin, but lived in the North Carolina for many years where she worked as the Director of NC Interfaith Power and Light, taught ESL at AB-Tech Community College and advised on statewide boards. She is a Specialized Operator in the Reception of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Italy, a GreenFaith Fellow, and the recipient of a Young Alum Award from St. Norbert College.
Interested in balancing action for justice with the contemplative life, she's committed to the care of humanitarian workers. As part of her own self-care, she enjoys trips back to her native Wisconsin each summer.