Get To Know Your PRC Staff – Jenny Summers

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Every few weeks we like to share a post to let you get to know the staff at PRC just a little bit better. This week, we want to introduce you to Jenny Summers, the Executive Director at PRC.

Jenny Summers - PRC Staff

Jenny, what attracted you to PRC and your role here?

The challenge of directing a non-profit that matched my beliefs. Also, realizing that there was a lot of potential to grow the organization in regards to donor and client awareness. I love people, and PRC and my love for people is a perfect match!

 

Would you share a little about your education and professional background.

I graduated from Lancaster Bible College with a B.S. in Bible. Immediately following graduation, I became a cleaning lady. One of my clients was a large non-profit that worked with the local children and youth services. I worked really hard to build a relationship with this client which eventually opened the door to an interview and a job opportunity. I worked with children that were removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or delinquency for 10 years before applying as the Executive Director of PRC.

 

You have a beautiful family, would you tell us a bit about them?

I am happily married to Todd, my high school sweetheart. We have 6 children: Andrew 12, Austin 11, Araelia 9, Anthony 5, Asher 2, Abram 10 months, and our 7th baby is due May 13, 2015.

 

Congratulations! Between work and a growing family we bet you’re just a little busy. When you have a few free minutes what hobbies do you enjoy?

I love gardening, photography, making jewelry, cooking, and taking care of my children.

 

What is your favorite thing about living in State College?

Well, I actually live about 18 miles outside of State College in a little village called Mingoville. I love Mingoville because it is quiet and full of little children so that my children have a lot of kids to play with. We love it there because it’s affordable, not too close to town, and the people are great. We love living near State College because of the diversity, educational opportunities, our church and friends all gather in or near State College for fun. There is always something to do in State College!

 

What’s one of the scariest things you’ve ever done?

Jumped off a bridge!

 

There has to be a great story there. Next time you see Jenny, you’ll have to ask her about that one. Let’s move in the opposite direction and find out what makes you happy?

Todd, my children, sunshine, fresh air, baked goods, watermelon, root beer floats, new chap stick, new socks, and date nights with my husband.

 

This is where we really start to get to know you. What is your favorite TV show or Movie?

My two favorite movies are The Sound of Music and Braveheart. YEP!

TV Show…I really don’t have time to watch TV, but when I do, I love watching The Middle or The Big Bang Theory.

 

What is your most embarrassing moment?

I get embarrassed easily…and all too often. I can’t think of a most embarrassing moment. I probably get embarrassed (and maybe righteously angry) and those that make fun of how many children I have. The joke is on them.

 

What were the last 2 books you read?

I am reading God’s Space by Doug Polluck. I read, “That’s Not My Puppy: Its Coat is Too Hairy” by Fiona Watt to my sons last night.

 

If you could eat one food for the rest of your life without getting sick of it, what would it be?

Guacamole and chips.

 

If you could hop on a plane today and fly anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I would go visit my sister in Minnesota because I have never been there. And if I could hop on the plane again, I would visit my brother who lives in Montana. He just moved there this summer.

 

What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?

  1. Go to college and get out of your small town.
  2. Love your husband the best you can so that one day, you won’t have to say that you wished you had loved him more, that you had loved him better. Love him well every single day.
  3. Forgive.
  4. Teach your children how to be a part of a family so that they can have one of their own someday.
  5. The world isn’t coming to an end, get over it. 

 

Do you have a favorite quote to share with us?

“In the end…I am the ONLY ONE who can give my children a HAPPY MOTHER who loves life.” Janene Wolsey Baadsgaard

 

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

That with all of the people in my life, I struggle with being alone. Sometimes I become crippled with fear of being alone. Isn’t that so strange?

 

I think that is probably something we all struggle with a little at some point if we’re really honest with ourselves. Thanks for being a bit vulnerable with us. Is there anything else we need to know about you?

I love to hunt. Since I’ve become a mother, it’s been nearly impossible for me to enjoy this hobby. There is nothing like getting ready for hunting season and preparing for opening day. I love the smell of the woods and the excitement and hope for the hunt and kill. Plus, the meat in the freezer is good thing for our growing family.

 

Jenny, thanks so much for taking the time to answer our questions. We’ll be back with more PRC Staff Q&A in a few weeks.

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