Jen has been interpreting since 2004. She graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and later, earned her Master’s Degree in Interpreter Pedagogy from the University of North Florida in 2017. In addition to interpreting, she has had the experience of being an adjunct lecturer, an academic advisor, mentor, and coach. After completing her Master’s degree, Jen has been increasingly spending her time supporting interpreter professional development through workshops, curriculum revision and development, course design, and the development and management of a coaching program in her home state of Wisconsin.
Jen’s post-graduate work has been focused on providing professional development opportunities that result in participants leaving with tangible strategies and a deeper understanding of how an interpreter’s mindset will impact their learning and the effectiveness of their work. She has spent years studying the work of researchers and scholars who address how the mind impacts all aspects of work and life. Jen believes that because of the cognitive load that interpreters manage before, during, and after working, it is crucial for professionals to develop strategies to manage thoughts, emotions, and other cognitive disruptions. This is the foundation for all of the technical skills she teaches, and the philosophy that underpins her coaching and mentoring practice.