life long resident
Jill, along with her six siblings were born and raised in Ogden Utah by Brad and Kris Barker. From a young age Jill was exposed to the many wonderful things Ogden can offer. Living close to Ogden's great system of trails, Jill often spent time recreating with family and friends in the mountains and along the Ogden River Parkway. She developed an appreciation for the beautiful surrounding and has since tried to support the preservation of the wonders all around this great city.
Small business owner
Jill began her first business 8 years ago, selling frozen lemonade, "The Pink Drink" at the Ogden Farmer's Market. Utah's Own Pink Drink is now a staple of not only the Farmer's Market Ogden but many of the great events held in Ogden to include as well the Ogden Twilight Concert Series, Ogden Trail running Festival, Ogden Heritage Festival, Ogden Arts Festival, Ogden Pride Festival, Oasis Summer Nights & more! In June of this year Jill and her husband Mac also opened up an Auto Detail Shop, Attention to Detail - Utah's Auto Detailer. As an entrepreneurial enthusiast Jill has donated hours of her time offering free small business consulting through her unofficial non-profit "Successful Startups" to community members looking to grow or start their own business.
teacher for the ogden school district
While working on her degree in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education at Weber State University Jill worked for the Ogden School district, tutoring children in math and reading. After graduation she worked as an ESL coordinator and Physical Education teacher at Bonneville Elementary in Ogden.
graduate of ben Lomond high school and weber state university
Jill attended elementary school, middle school and high school in Ogden. She graduated with High Honors from Ben Lomond High School in 2006. As a high school student she participated in the KEY Club and was president of the National Honors Society.
Jill started attending Weber State University in 2006. She was accepted into the Dual Bachelor of Arts program in Elementary and Early Childhood Education and completed the Dual Degree program in April of 2011. Although Jill is not currently teaching school she feels that we never giveup our role as educators. Jill has shown commitment to lifelong learning and since her graduation from WSU she has moved on to earn an MBA in Management Strategies from Western Governors University in 2015 and is currently working on a Doctorate in Business Administration at California Southern University.
active community advocate and volunteer
Jill has been a member of the Junior League of Ogden for a number of years. The Junior League of Ogden is a women's volunteer organization designed to help women not only become aware of issues in our local community but the league educates and empowers them to do something about it! In her time with the league Jill has served as the Co-Chair, Chair, and Past Chair (current placement) of the Oasis Community Garden located in downtown Ogden. She also has volunteered her time in support of the Midtown Community Health Clinic community events and fundraising events to support projects the league is involved with.
Jill worked as the Assistant Director of the Marshall White Community Center from 2008-2013 where she helped bring the center back to life! Her greatest accomplishment from her time at the center was the creation of the children's youth programs. Partnering with location organizations and writing grants Jill was able to lead out in development of multiple programs for the youth of the ogden community to include Karate classes, ballet, kayaking, fishing, gardening, piano lessons and so much more! All programs took place once or twice a week and cost only $5 for an entire 12 week session. Throughout her time there these programs served hundreds of children and brought affordable, quality programs to children who would otherwise not have had the opportunity.