Alumni Spotlight: Jennifer Hicks

12938137_10208680048545975_4431322027296608043_nGandhi Mahatma once said, “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” That’s exactly what Eastern Oregon Native, Jennifer (Jaramillo) Hicks is doing. Jennifer now uses the advice and lessons she learned through OASC as a new Doctor of Nursing Practice (Family Nurse Practitioner).

Jennifer became involved with OASC in 8th grade. During her sophomore year at Ontario High School she served as the Eastern Representative on the Student Executive Council, and throughout high school attended multiple OASC Summer Camps (her favorite OASC Event) and the National Conference.

As an introvert—as she calls herself—Jennifer was able to find herself and feel accepted by all at OASC events. As an OASC camper, Jennifer doubted her leadership skills because she wasn’t as outgoing or charismatic as other students. Former Camp Director Lynn King gave her advice that continues to stick with her today. Lynn said to Jennifer, “You don’t have to be like them. Leaders come in all forms. Believe in yourself!”

As an “introverted leader” Jennifer became a Junior Counselor for two years and influenced the lives of campers in her own positive way. Jennifer became a great leader because of her servant leadership traits. “Being a servant leader builds others up,” says Jennifer. “[It] creates an environment that promotes the well being of all. The world would be incredible if it was full of servant leaders.”

Jennifer now lives in Nashville, TN with her Husband and can’t wait to move back to Oregon soon!

If you are interested in sharing your Alumni Story, please email Katie at katie@oasc.org.