Jill has been a resident of Shawnee for 13 years. She is excited to see continued growth and progress in Shawnee. “I am passionate about building a strong community. I grew up in the same small town in Iowa where my parents were both born and lived their entire lives. This continuity instilled in me the importance of community service and getting to know your neighbors. I put down roots in Shawnee and have a vested interest in making Shawnee a dynamic, vibrant city that attracts both families and businesses. I look forward to hearing from voters on what issues they value. I believe that at every level, if we listen to varying opinions, consider the good of the city as a whole, and are willing to compromise, we can make thoughtful, responsible decisions that will keep Shawnee moving forward and make our city great for both current and future residents.”
Jill leads Lucy’s Kids for Peace, a local chapter of a global non-profit, Kids for Peace, whose mission is to create peace through youth leadership, community service, global friendships, and thoughtful acts of kindness. In addition to Lucy’s Kids for Peace, Jill is actively involved in her kids' schools and serves on PTA boards at both Benninghoven Elementary and Trailridge Middle School. She co-founded SMSD Circle of Kindness, a group aimed at bringing together students and families from area elementary schools in an annual service project benefitting a variety of local organizations. She has been a member of the Seven Hills Farms HOA board and volunteers with Phoenix Family, an organization supporting families and seniors living in poverty. Jill was an honorable mention recipient in the 2019 Kindest Kansas Citian after being nominated by a Lucy's Kids for Peace member, and she and her husband were recently honored with a Good Neighbor award by the City of Shawnee. Jill and her family are members of Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
Jill holds a Leisure Services degree from the University of Northern Iowa and an Elementary Education degree from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. Originally from Iowa, Jill spent five years in New York City, first interning with the City of New York Parks Department and then working in events & grassroots marketing for the National Basketball Association, before settling in Kansas to raise her family. Jill and her husband, Michael, have three children ages 13, 11, and 9. In addition to kids sports and activities, Jill and her family enjoy camping, traveling, baseball, and spending time with friends.