Parent, Advocate and Senior Data Scientist
Jolene has been an active Howard County resident for nearly 25 years. Living primarily in the Columbia area, she has spent much of her time volunteering to support the community and school system. Jolene began volunteering in Howard County through the Fire Department’s County Volunteer Program. She supported the community through her Fire/EMS training and skills, until she and her husband welcomed their first child into their family. As Jolene welcomed children into her life, she began providing one-on-one breastfeeding support to mothers in the community as a La Leche League leader. This support included running regularly planned meetings as well as home visits and phone call help.
As Jolene’s children grew older, she began helping in the schools in many roles. Jolene has served or is currently serving as a representative for HCPSS GT Parent Academy, Howard County Parents of School Music (HCPSM), FLL Team as a coach, Oakland Mills Community Association (OMCA) Education Committee, HCPSS Policy Development/Revision Team, Community Advisory Council (CAC) as 1st Vice Chair, and Operating Budget Review Committee (OBRC). She has been supporting educators through classroom volunteering, school-wide volunteering, PTA roles, field trip chaperone, and transportation services. Three of Jolene’s four children currently attend a HCPSS high school and middle school and the youngest will begin in a year.
Jolene is a proud UMBC graduate and has BS degrees in Mathematics and Economics. She is currently employed as a Senior Data Scientist where she programs and creates models for a healthcare company. She has worked in similar roles in both the public and private space (BLS, HUD, VA, healthcare data). Jolene’s experience includes survey analysis and reporting, population projection modeling, longitudinal studies of benefits/outcomes, Fraud Waste and Abuse modeling, as well as claims-specific reporting/analysis.
Jolene is a yarn bender and enjoys time spent working in the fiber arts. Jolene owned and operated a yarn store in Catonsville where she and her employees ran the shop, taught classes, and worked at yarn festivals. In addition to being a small-business owner, she also was a Director at the Greater Baltimore Weavers Guild.