Jessica graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011 with a degree in Psychology and a desire to go to Bastyr University's newly established Department of Midwifery. It was a screening of "The Business of Being Born" that sparked a passion within her for birth and family rights.
While in the Midwifery Program, Jessica was a student midwife with Eastside Midwives at Puget Sound Birth Center in Kirkland, Washington. Upon graduation in 2015, she was hired into the practice as a full time midwife.
Jessica wrote her Master's Thesis on the use of the Laryngeal Mask Airway which is a simple tool that can be used to improve outcomes during neonatal resuscitation. Since graduating Jessica has precepted a dozen students and discovered that her biggest passion is teaching.
She has been adjunct faculty at Bastyr University since 2018, teaching most of the Clinical Skills series in the Department of Midwifery. She also helps facilitate the Basic and Advanced Clinical Exams that occur during the three-year program.
Jessica is also the Vice President of the Midwives' Association of Washington State (MAWS). In her role she is working closely with the rest of the executive committee and the MAWS Office Manager to streamline the internal systems and improve the functioning of MAWS as an organization.
Jessica loves physical movement, including hot yoga and obstacle races. She lives in Kenmore with her wife, Chelsey, where they spend their spare time cooking, gardening and traveling to Burning Man and beyond.