Meet Jess Fern, Professional Development Specialist. Learn fun facts about growing up in Kallispell, Montana and why Jess loves the work she does at Fuel.
What is your professional background?
Before starting at Fuel, I worked in non-profits. I did marketing, communications and event planning. I worked for education and economic development non-profits. My whole purpose there was doing rebranding strategies and comprehensive curriculum development for communications strategies for internal and external development. I also worked at a coaching company doing marketing and curriculum development, which was really cool. I worked with coaches who assisted with professional development and leadership training for the executive teams of big sports brand names.
What do you do here at Fuel, and what is your favorite part of your job?
I’m newly appointed in a professional development specialist position. My role is to work on internal staff training, build that department and market the program internally and externally so people know what services we offer for professional development. In addition, I’ll also be fine tuning our processes and procedures in professional development to make sure we are serving our members in the ways they should be served. My favorite part of the job is working with Jim (Fedio) and Rose (DuLude); they’re awesome. I really enjoy collaborating with them on strategy and how we’re building out the program for 2019.
An amusing experience you’ve encountered while working at Fuel?
When I was sitting in the same office with account managers, Ted and Becca, we had a ninja war championship going on. Whoever got the most ninja moves, where you sneak up on someone silently and karate chop them without them knowing, won a prize. We each had names; Praying Mantis, Crouching Tiger and Happy Dragon. I was Happy Dragon, and I failed miserably. Becca waited outside the bathroom for me one time and did an expert ninja move and I screamed, and the entire office heard it! I think the Fuel is the most fun office that I’ve ever worked in. Because it’s such a collaborative environment with an open workspace, there is a lot of visibility and amusing things happen all the time.
When I was 17, I was in the top 10 for the Colgate Country Music Showdown, which is a local singing competition in Kalispell, Montana.
I have been in speech and debate since high school. I did it all through high school and college, and I was a collegiate debater.
Growing up I lived on a farm, and we used to have pet pigs, goats and chickens. I had a pet chicken named Electra, and she was awesome. I would carry her around under my arm and she would run and follow me around when I was little.