It's a three-40 Thursday, with Daily Biz Briefs is highlighting individual honorees from the 2013 “40 Under Forty” recognition program. Today's edition features three from this year's class of youthful leaders in the South Sound.
Our first, Jennifer Fellinger, has spent three years in marketing and communications with Saint Martin's University in Lacey. This comes after what she describes as a “circuitous” career path, including an initial goal of a job as a fine artist. This soon transitioned into detours in curatorial work and publishing before she accepted a position with the Washington State School Directors Association. Fellinger calls the job “life-changing,” as it led her into the educational field. It's an area she's found herself to be passionate about, especially now that she has kids of her own.
Our next honoree also works in Thurston County, this time at the Port of Olympia. Jennie Foglia-Jones started working at the Port 15 years ago as a high school intern and was hired there after graduation to work the front desk at Swantown Marina. During her time at the port, she has worked in the executive department, the marine terminal, the properties department, in marketing and at IT. She also serves as the foreign trade zone administrator for Zone 216, which serves four counties. Despite all that, though, she says she likes to stay humble, and continues to try to get involved where she can, when she can.
Last but not least today is Matthew Jones of Foundations of MultiCare, who describes himself as “continue blown away” by what the organization is doing to improve care for children facing serious, life-threatening conditions. That's not all he's involved in, though, as Jones has expressed pride with the work he's done in helping fund the new Tacoma Art Museum building downtown, Bellarmine Prep's new athletic facility, and Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium's red wolf and clouded leopard exhibits. It's no surprise that Jones cites Tacoma and philanthropy as two of his passions — and, as he's happy to point out, living and working downtown isn't so bad for his third: running.
Join the public in celebrating these three honorees and the rest of the 2013 class of “40 Under Forty” at an evening program outdoors at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium on Wednesday, Aug. 7, beginning at 6 p.m. Details and ticket information are at this link.
The 2013 “40 Under Forty” recognition program highlights youthful leaders in business, social services and community in the South Sound.