A native Oklahoman, Jennifer grew up spending summers with her grandparents in Dewey, Oklahoma and on the Grand Lake ‘o the Cherokees. A summer just wasn’t complete without the annual pilgrimage to see the gold faucets at Frank Phillips’ home or the rustic Woolaroc Lodge in nearby Bartlesville. After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in finance and banking, Jennifer spent the next 17 years working in sales and marketing. As the daughter of a teacher, she also developed a passion for public education and is currently serving her second term on the Board of Education for Kansas City Public Schools. When she’s not managing the Rosin Preservation office or keeping up with the bookkeeping, she’s learning as much as she can about historic preservation.
I am drawn to large railway stations. I love these bustling historic places where all kinds of people interact in big and little ways, such as my grandfather heading to World War II from Union Station in Kansas City or the daily commute back and forth to work via Grand Central Terminal in New York City.
I feel that buildings connect us to our past — not only physically but culturally as well — through the myriad of people and their stories in these shared spaces.