Meet Jessica Fowler
Position at HOJ: Military Engagement Manager / AmeriCorps VISTA
What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done?
The scariest thing I’ve ever done would probably be my early morning hike on Haiku Stairway (also called Stairway to Heaven). This hiking ‘trail’ is actually a series of metal ladders installed in the 1950s along a mountain ride in Kaneohe, Hawaii. The hike begins around 4am with a trek through a bamboo jungle followed by a climb up over 3900 stairs with steep cliffs and drops all along the way.
Where is the most exciting place you’ve ever been?
The most exciting place I’ve ever been would have to be Hawaii. I lived there for over 2 years and every day was an adventure. Island life ranged from exhilarating hikes through volcano craters in Volcano National Park to surfing and spear fishing in Ko’Olina to tranquil walks on Kailua Beach.
What is your philosophy on life?
You’re not truly living unless every day is a new adventure.
What inspires you to work at HOJ?
I was raised on volunteer work and the belief that it is our responsibility and privilege to give back to others in the community around us. Over the years I’ve done volunteer work ranging from installing roofing with Habitat for Humanity to office and admin work at the USO to mentoring under privileged youth and so much more . Working at HandsOn Jacksonville gives me the opportunity to share the value of volunteer service with others and know that every day I go to work with the chance to have a positive impact and create change in our community.
Is there anything else you’d like to share about yourself?
In addition to working at HandsOn Jacksonville, I’m also a full-time Navy wife and ombudsman for my husband’s command at NAS Jacksonville. I take great pride in being a military spouse and appreciate the opportunity to serve our military community here in Jacksonville.
I graduated from UConn with a degree in Marketing and have held positions ranging from a ski instructor in New Hampshire to a camp counselor in North Carolina to director of marketing at a chiropractic and wellness clinic in Honolulu.