Jill started her unexpected journey to the Wade Center as an undergraduate student at Wheaton College majoring in foreign languages and working for the student newspaper. After graduation, she went to culinary school and worked as a pastry chef for several years before her love of literature and academics won out. She returned to graduate school for dual masters degrees in library science and public history at Dominican University and Loyola University Chicago, respectively. Having interned at such places as the Chicago History Museum, Buswell Library Special Collections, Evanston Historical Society, the Newberry Library, and the Oak Park Public Library while also still working as a chef and subsequently as a copy cataloger at a public library, Jill finally returned to the site of her very first library internship, the Wade Center, but this time in the role of catalog librarian. She also works part-time as the special collections librarian and archivist for Benedictine University in Lisle.
When Jill is not working, she is at home with her two extremely spoiled fluffy white dogs or building and rebuilding her comprehensive collection of Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter LEGOs. She still enjoys baking in her free time, as well as reading, coloring, and the occasional foray into video games with her fellow Wheatie husband.