Jeni was born in Amherst, Ohio.  She had great aunts and uncles that lived (now deceased) in Reno, so her dad visited “out West” quite often as a child and was basically obsessed with living here someday.  At the age of ten, her dad moved her and her brother to Reno, Nevada.  She went to Clayton Middle and graduated from McQueen High School in 1987.  She went on to attend UNR and graduated with a bachelor’s degree of Science in Education and then went on to get a Master’s Degree in Science also.  Jeni became a teacher in 1992 and has taught 2nd grade, 1st grade and now teaches Kindergarten at Pleasant Valley Elementary School.

In 1998 she married her husband John, and they have three sons that live in the Reno area.  The oldest working in finance, the middle is a fireman/paramedic and the youngest working on his paramedic certificate and pursuing a fire career also.

Jeni didn’t learn of DAR until a visit with her uncle in 2016, when he informed her that she had a great, great, great, great, great grandfather that was a Sergeant in the Revolutionary War and his wife said “Jeni, you should join the DAR!”  Jeni’s response “What’s that????”  The rest is history!  Jeni became a member of the Sierra Nevada Chapter in 2019, after a lot of research and hours spent with the chapter’s Registrar.  Jeni is the past Chapter Chair of the Women’s Issues Committee and current chair of the Community Classroom Committee. She is also a member of the Colonial Dames of the 17th Century.

Jeni is thrilled and honored to serve as this chapter’s Vice Regent for the 2022-2024 term. 

Her hobbies are family get togethers, traveling, baking, genealogy, reading, watching murder/mysteries, and loving her kindergarten students!