Jen Reichert, MEd, LCPAA – Founder & Director
Jen has worked with children and youth in every setting imaginable, and has always had a knack for connecting with the most mischievous. Jen grew up in Waco, Texas, but attended Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma City, where she earned both a bachelor's and a master's degree in education while teaching elementary school. Jen taught 5th grade for seven years, and often found her classroom full of children who were known as the "troublemakers." She wouldn't have wanted it any other way and excelled at helping them become successful (while having fun at the same time) at school – which was a first for many of them.
In 2007, Jen left teaching to start a career in foster care and adoption because she wanted to do what she could to help waiting children be adopted. She (over)worked as a case manager and a regional adoptions facilitator, and (over)served as the director of a child-placing agency before taking a much-needed breather. Now that Jen is a recovering workaholic, she has gotten back to the work she loves.
Jen has spent countless hours over the years walking alongside families through each unique facet of the fostering and adoption process. She has also presented at conferences and other groups, led trainings, and worked closely with therapists and other treatment team members, all to help families provide ideal care to traumatized children. Jen has been trained in multiple disciplines of behavior management, and is a certified Trust-Based Relational Intervention Practitioner. In addition to bossing everyone at Stand Up Eight, she serves on The Heart Gallery of Central Texas Committee and is a Licensed Child-Placing Agency Administrator.
Jen got hitched to BJ Brown in April 2010, and they live in Round Rock, Texas, with their dog, Barkley (yes, he's named after Sir Charles), and the greatest group of neighbors there ever was. Jen has been crafty since before Pinterest was born, is addicted to strong coffee, is a die-hard football fan (Go Pats!), and hopes to someday be a beach bum.