Jennifer is a native of Norfolk and attended Lake Taylor High School. She attended Radford University and graduated with a B.S. and M.S. in Criminal Justice. Upon graduating from graduate school in 2005, she began working at a local law firm as a paralegal; however, she switched career paths not long after and became a Juvenile Probation Officer with the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). During her time with DJJ, she was a Gang Specialist Probation Officer and supervised high risk, youth offenders.
In 2011, Jennifer made the transition from DJJ to the Virginia Department of Corrections (DOC), briefly working at St. Brides Correctional Center, then ultimately brought her knowledge and skills to the Norfolk Probation and Parole Office. While in Norfolk, she worked as one of the Gang Specialist Probation and Parole Officers until the opportunity to become the supervising officer for the Norfolk Drug and Veteran’s Court Program was made available. Jennifer spent three years supervising the Norfolk Drug and Veteran’s Court participants and worked closely with the Honorable Junius P. Fulton III, the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, the Norfolk Public Defender’s Office, the Norfolk Community Services Board, and Veteran’s Affairs. Of the thirteen years Jennifer spent as a probation officer, the three years she spent working with the Drug and Veteran’s Court participants were the most fulfilling and rewarding.
Since 2015, while also being employed full time, Jennifer has worked part-time for the Law Office of Shelly F. Wood as a Legal Assistant and Office Manager.
Jennifer is married and has two children. In her spare time, Jennifer is a member of the King’s Daughters Infinity Circle (an organization that develops and hosts fundraisers to raise money for the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters). When not volunteering, she enjoys running J&A races, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.