Jill received her Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management and Leisure Studies with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation in 1995 from Arizona State University.
Jill began her career at Banner Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Institute in 1995 and moved to Barrow Neurological Institute Rehab in 2008 working in inpatient and outpatient settings with a focus on brain and spinal cord injury. Her focus has always been to identify ways to assist the client in becoming as independent as possible. While working she would introduce clients to the possibility of returning to work and community activities through therapeutic community reintegration outings as well as providing community resources, including information on adapted driving.
Jill served on the board of the Arizona State Therapeutic Recreation Association (ASTRA) for several years and was President from 2000-2001. Along with a fellow co-worker she started the first Animal Assisted Therapy Program in Arizona, in 2002. She achieved recognition as a Spinal Cord Injury specialist from Banner Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Institute in 2006. Was the guest speaker at the 2009 student graduation at Carrington College for new graduates in the health care field. She has also presented at various conferences throughout the years on topics such as Aquatic Therapy, Recreation Therapy, Animal Assisted Therapy and Sexuality following a Disability. Jill was awarded the “Outstanding Professional” award in 2009 by the Arizona State Therapeutic Recreation Association.
Jill joined Driving To Independence in May 2010 focusing on independent and safe driving for individuals with spinal cord and brain injury, visual deficits as well as senior evaluations. Driving assessments and training to become independent in the community augments Jill’s passion for her clients and maximizing their potential. The energy Jill brings to her job, her willingness to learn new skills and her work as a team with her clients makes Jill an invaluable driving evaluator for Arizona.
Jill successfully completed the testing requirement to become a Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (CDRS) in August 2011.
Jill lives in Mesa with her family, she enjoys swimming, photography, reading, boating, fishing and time with her family and friends.