Jessica grew up in a small town in South Louisiana and moved to California in 2008 to attend Project Walk Paralysis Recovery Center to begin the recovery program for a spinal cord injury she sustained at the end of her sophomore year of high school. Upon moving to California, Jessica transferred to California State University, San Marcos to continue her studies in Kinesiology. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree, in 2011, she began the dual Master’s Degree program at San Diego State University studying Exercise Physiology and Nutritional Sciences which she completed in December 2014. She also completed coursework for the Didactic Program of Dietetics.
Jessica’s interest in exercise and nutrition began to grow as she took courses that emphasized the importance of nutrition in relation to exercise and overall health. Also, having a condition that required attention to physical activity and nutritional status gave Jessica an even greater desire to discover how to provide the proper exercise and nutrition regimens for her own recovery. Furthermore, this sparked a desire to provide this type of education to the spinal cord injured community as this is something that she discovered was lacking among her peers. She finds the fields of exercise science and nutrition to be very rewarding and hopes to be able to provide nutrition education to not only the spinal cord injured population but other disease and disorder populations as well. Shortly after receiving her Master’s degree in 2014, she began adjunct lecturing in the Kinesiology Department at CSUSM, the Exercise and Nutritional Science Department at SDSU and the Kinesiology Department at the University of Saint Katherine. She hopes to begin pursuing a Ph.D. in Health and Human Performance at Concordia University, Chicago this summer.