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Member Spotlight: Jeri Brock

Roots:
I was born and raised in beautiful Kansas City, Missouri. I moved to Texas when I was 19 and never left. 🙂 Vaughn and I have lived in Austin for 31 years.

Family Life:
We have 4 boys. Johnson is 29 years old and lives in New York City. Cameron is 26 and lives in San Francisco. Marshall is 23 and lives in Chicago, and Grayson is 15 and lives at home. YAY! Oh, and my dog, Buddy!!

jeribWork Life:
I went to Baylor University and graduated with a BS in Education. I taught school for 2 years before becoming a full time Domestic Engineer and Momma.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned from my iGnite experience…
The biggest lesson I have learned from my iGnite experience has been the beautiful friendships and strong sense of community among all the iGniters and leaders. What a sweet gift!!

The best advice I’ve been given…
The best advice I’ve ever been given is from the Bible, “For the goal of our instruction is love, from a pure heart a good conscience and sincere faith.”

Something people may not know about me…
I was on the Spring Break giveaway commercial with the Beastie Boys on MTV in the late 80s.

Three words I would use to describe myself…
Passionate, animal lover and loves to have fun.


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Member Spotlight: Jana Harker

FullSizeRender-183Roots:
I’m originally from Houston (Sharpstown HS), went to school at UT, moved back to Houston, married and raised three kids in Bellaire and then moved back to Austin last Spring.

Family Life:
I’ve been married to Doug for almost 32 years! We met on my first day of work at at my first job as a banker in downtown Houston. He’s from Berkeley, CA, and hadn’t planned on staying long but then he met me. 😊 Our daughter, Courtney (29), got married last May and works at a nonprofit that assists victims of human trafficking in San Diego. Our son, Travis (27), is a chef in Houston and runs the kitchen at Battleground Golf Club. Our youngest son, Sam (22), is graduating from UT this month and will start an internship in operations with the PGA Tour in Atlanta.

Work Life: 
My first career in banking was quite brief. After meeting and marrying my husband, we started having kids pretty soon, and I “retired” to stay home full time. When our youngest was in grade school, I decided to get my Masters in education which led to my second career as a high school teacher. I taught Health and Media Literacy at a small public high school in Houston for eight years. Since moving to Austin, I have been working on a volunteer basis for several local youth serving nonprofits in health education.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned through my iGnite experience…
I’ve learned that there is nothing better than the feeling you have after a good workout especially if it is outside on a gorgeous day! Also, the iGniters with their friendly faces and welcome smiles have given me a sense of community I truly appreciate being new to Austin. ☺

The best advice I’ve been given…
I’m paraphrasing but it’s “think about what you want to leave behind when you leave this world. What will you regret not doing?” This was my inspiration for returning to school. I don’t remember where I heard this, but it was in the late nineties, so probably Oprah.

Something people may not know about me…
I went to UH grad school when I was in my forties!

Three words that describe me…
Playful, curious and thoughtful

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