meet jen little
Virginia Democrat. Lover of Libby the Lab. Virginia's Newest Valley Girl. PR Professional.
Civil Liberties & Social Justice Activist.
ROTARY FOUR-WAY TEST:
Of the things we think, say or do
Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
THE GOLDEN RULE:
"Do to others what you want them to do to you."
Welcome and thanks for visiting!
Before you scroll further I want to share something very important information with you that will help you understand who I am, and how I live my life.
All decisions and ethical dilemmas in my life are weighed against the Four-Way Test from Rotary International and the Golden Rule. It is really that simple.
Rotary International's motto: "Service Above Self" also defines my life's direction. It is my life's purpose to use my talents and skills to help others and make the world a better place. I promise you, this makes for a life worth living.
Two simple hashtags define how I want to live my life and be perceived by others as exemplifying. I use them often: #DoGood#BeTheChange
Sometimes, I 'm inspired to share little thoughts. You can find them here:
p.s. I love my Democratic Virginia Governors.
Love Me Like The River Does
Love Me Like The River Does
Social Media Story with My Dog Libby
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jen the public servant
In 2007 Jen was first elected to the Mathews County School Board. When she moved to Augusta County in December of 2016, Jen resigned from her third term, her ninth year, as a local elected official. Jen submitted her resignation because she moved to Staunton, Virginia to accept a position with the nationwide company Nexus Services, Inc. based in Verona.
Jen worked zealously to ensure all children in her community had access to a quality education during her service on the Mathews County School Board and advocated ardently at the local, state and federal levels of government for her students, employees, and community. During her time on the School Board, funding plunged due to the recession. Despite significant challenges, Jen remained vigilant in her efforts with the Board to provide the students of Mathews County the best education possible.
In August of 2016, Jen Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed Jen to the Virginia Board of Psychology. Where she currently serves as the only citizen member of the Board.
Following the Virginia Tech massacre, Governor Tim Kaine appointed Jen to the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services State Board (DBHDS) in 2008. This board oversees all mental health, substance abuse, and behavioral health services in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Jen's time on the DBHDS was a difficult period for the delivery of mental health services in Virginia. Jen was instrumental in making certain the Commonwealth Center for Children Adolescents in Staunton remained open through her vocal advocacy at all levels of Government, including conversations with Governor Kaine. She worked with fellow Board members to rename the entire agency from "Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse" to what we now know as the "Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services." This move removed "Mental Retardation" from Virginia Code. During a horrible recession and severe budget cuts, Jen advocated ardently for the Commonwealth to provide a better delivery of mental health services and was successful on many fronts. Jen's term ended in 2012.