Jessica hails from Colorado Springs, CO, and earned bachelor degrees in Psychology and Sociology/Criminology at the University of Denver. She went on to earn her master’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She received the Faculty Fellowship Award from the University of Missouri – St. Louis Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice from 2004-2006. While working towards her master’s degree, Jessica had the opportunity to participate in research opportunities in areas including sex tourism; the social construction of violence; and gender, racial and economic inequalities and crime. Jessica also participated in National Institute of Justice funded evaluations of the Teens, Crime and Community (TCC) and Project Safe Neighborhoods programs.
After completing her degree, Jessica returned to Colorado and worked as a probation officer with the Denver County Court Probation Department. She supervised DUI and Domestic Violence caseloads before becoming the Adult Interstate Compact Coordinator and Quality Control Officer for the pre-sentence investigation reports team. She chaired the Sanctions and Risk and Policy Development committees in 2011-2012 and also served on the Denver Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board from 2009 to 2012.
Jessica has been employed with the State Court Administrator’s Office since 2012. She has worked with problem solving court programs statewide and presently leads the Research and Data Unit with the Court Services Division. Additionally, she has enjoyed serving as a lecturer with CU Denver School of Public Affairs since 2012 and was honored with the Outstanding Lecturer in Criminal Justice award in 2014.