Meet Our Staff: Jeanelle

We, the Heroes Gate Staff, thought it would be fun for all of you to get to know us a little bit better. For the next several months, we will be highlighting a staff member on our blog. For our first Meet the Staff post, we thought we would start with our newest staff member, Jeanelle Kummer, who has been on staff with us for one whole week! We are very excited to have Jeanelle join our team as our part-time Elementary Coordinator. We asked her some questions and are excited to share her answers.

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I was born in St Paul. I grew up with my parents & younger brother in Cottage Grove. I spent my school years at New Life Academy. Some of my favorite memories include times spent with my grandparents at their cabin & going to family camp at Camp Forest Springs. 

I studied elementary education & psychology at Bethel College. I couldn’t figure out exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up, but I knew that I wanted to work with & help people. I still don’t always know what I want to be, but I can say in all honesty that my life has been so full with so many great people & so many great experiences. My heart truly overflows. 

I spent the last 12 years working at Children’s Respiratory & Critical Care. And although my heart is a little sad about the end of that season, I’m really excited to be a part of the Children’s Ministry. So far some of the things I love are getting to know the other staff & volunteers & seeing the excited faces of the children on Sunday mornings.

My husband Steve & I have 2 kids – Josiah & Kaitlyn – & we live in North St Paul. I enjoy reading, writing letters, cooking, & being with friends & family.

One thing people don’t know about me is that I just started volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House. I love being able to help parents in tangible ways as they cope with having a child in the hospital.

A couple more things to note about Jeanelle are: She likes Indian food, her favorite color is blue and she likes Chai tea. If you see Jeanelle on Sunday mornings in the Elementary hallway, feel free to stop and say hi.

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