Jennifer is the mother of 13-year old, Bower, who has cerebral palsy. She is also the creator and coordinator of the Cerebral Palsy Collaborative, a coalition of national CP related organizations working together to advance research, education, awareness and policy initiatives.
Prior to having Bower, Jennifer was a case manager for children with disabilities in therapeutic foster care. She represented them in court, at school, through transitions to adult care, in obtaining Medicaid waivers, and ensuring that their foster families followed their plan of care. Jennifer also created Adventure Respite, a therapeutic respite program that took the children in foster care on weekend camping trips. Adventure Respite was recognized nationally for its innovative approach to respite care and thrives today serving over 400 children a month. Jennifer was awarded Social Service Worker of the year for the State of Georgia for the creation of this program.
Jennifer holds an M.S. in Therapeutic Recreation from University of Florida’s College of Health and Human Performance and has a post-graduate certification in Conductive Education for cerebral palsy from Governors State University.