Jemae was born and raised in Portland by Oregonians and has deep family roots throughout the NW. She grew up with an outdoors-loving family and still frequently travels and explores nature and communities around the state. In high school, when she read a speech by Chief Sealth the interconnectedness of all things coalesced and planted the seeds that grew into her achieving a B.A. in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic in Maine and an MBA in Sustainable Business. Following years of customer service, people and project management, strategic and process planning, and supporting people and organizations in retail and corporate realms, she is delighted and excited to join the Oregon Synod team in their work. Each day she is genuinely inspired, challenged by new information and ideas, and full of gratitude to support the work of the Oregon Synod. A collaborative problem solver at heart, her core work philosophy is to assume positive intent and to set people up for success. Her position as synod administrator entails supporting the staff, managing the synod office and roster, organizing events, and feeding her curious mind by learning new things and learning better ways to do things.