Jenny grew up in the tiny town of Fonda in upstate New York. She applied for her first passport in 2000, and took her first trip abroad when she was in her early 20s. Since then, she has travelled to 75 countries across 6 continents.
Over the last 16 years, she has directed & produced nearly 500 episodes for ProjectExplorer. As a filmmaker, she’s walked with lions, filmed underwater, hung out of helicopters and airplanes, and bungee jumped from nuclear cooling towers – all to get the perfect shot!
In July 2012, she was recognized by the Obama Administration as a White House Champion of Change for her work with ProjectExplorer. In October 2013, she was named Top 40 Innovator in Education by the Center for Digital Education.
She has spoken at TEDx conferences in New York, Cincinnati, and Soweto, South Africa, and regularly lectures on the importance of global competencies in primary and secondary education. She is considered a brand ambassador for several of the countries in which she has worked.