Jill is a hometown gal who has grown up in the south sound area. She graduated from Kentridge HS where she was on the award winning dance team and a co-captain for the cheer squad. She also played in several productions at the nearby Auburn Avenue Act 1 Theatre. Jill then went on to attend UW to complete her bachelor's degree in communications with an emphasis on public speaking. During her college years Jill worked as a sales agent and tour guide for the Spirit of Puget Sound and then as a teller for Washington Mutual Bank. After graduating, she moved to Portland, OR and was accepted into a highly competitive management training program with WAMU. She was one of only 20 selected for this program out of over 250 applicants. Upon completing the program Jill continued to work for WAMU, soon becoming the retail banking manager for the South Auburn branch. She worked at this location for 2 years managing a staff of 7 dedicated employees.