Board Spotlight: Jean Jernigan

Posted By: Donna Oser, CAE Blog, Industry,

Jean Jernigan CAE IOM CMP

Jean Jernigan, CAE, IOM, CMP

MSAE role: Chair Elect

1st Year of Involvement in MSAE: 1996

Professional role: President

Employer: Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce

Years in Current Position: 7

In-office, hybrid or remote: Hybrid

MSAE: Tell us a little bit about your experience working with or for associations.
JJ: You won't make millions of dollars but it is an incredibly rewarding and fun career choice.
    MSAE: How did you first become involved with MSAE, and what motivated you to do so?

    JJ: I joined the Membership Committee to get to know association professionals.

    MSAE: What made you want to join MSAE's Board of Directors?

    JJ: It was always part of my bucket list to give back to this great profession.

    MSAE: Tell us about your family, pets, and where you call home.  

    JJ: My husband, Bradley, and I have been married for 29 years. We have an 18 year old son and an adorable pug, Betti. Clarkston is home but Auburn Hills is where I spend most of my time.

    MSAE: What do you do for fun or to relax?

    JJ: I walk the dog or spend time with family/friends. I also enjoy sitting on a beach drinking fun cocktails and exploring new places.

    MSAE: What other board work, volunteering, or side work do you do?  

    JJ: I serve on some local boards - the Downtown Development Authority and Auburn Hills Community Foundation. Statewide, I serve on the Michigan Society of Association Executives board. To give back, I serve on the Neighborhood House board - they serve those who need assistance to get back on their feet, food, clothing, financial support, housing assistance.

    MSAE: What message or advice would you like to share with other members who might be considering getting more involved in MSAE?

    JJ: Do it! It is so rewarding and a great way to learn about new opportunities and ways to do things differently.

    MSAE: Is there anything else we should know  - any fun facts or super powers?

    JJ: Making cold calls is my super power. I don't have enough time to do it as often as I should but, when I do, I can accomplish great things. :)