Who was your favorite faculty member?
My favorite faculty member was Dr. Pat Gladu. After having to take a medical leave of absence, I was fortunate that Dr. Gladu offered to meet me in her office (a trailer behind Dunning/Decker) to tutor me on what I missed in my biology class. It wasn’t her offer to meet with me that I’ll always remember. It was her offer to give up her Sunday afternoon to comfort and share hot tea with a young student who was afraid she’d fallen too far behind in her studies. While doctors were encouraging me to transfer to a school closer to home, Dr. Gladu demonstrated to me that, if I did, I’d miss out on being part of a community that genuinely cares about each other.
What is your favorite Washington College memory?
September 1999, Hurricane Floyd hit the East Coast, and classes were cancelled at the College. After an afternoon of mud sliding near the Hill dorms, friends and I headed to the dining hall, where we saw President John Toll in his sweatpants and rain boots eating with the students. Seeing the College’s president hanging out in the dining hall with students became a common sight, and not one shared by friends at other colleges. The notion of community at Washington College started with the college’s president.
Jennifer (Carey) Svehla ’03 is a mom to two girls, Lucy and Julia. She and her husband, Mike, live in Bel Air, Maryland, with their daughters and two cats.
When Jenn is not chasing two toddlers, she is providing management consulting services to Department of Defense clients as an associate for Booz Allen Hamilton. Prior to Booz Allen Hamilton, Jenn worked at Brown Advisory, an investment management firm in Baltimore. During her seven years there, Jenn engaged in a variety of roles, from marketing specialist to business analyst. Jenn also forged a mentoring program between her Brown Advisory colleagues and Baltimore City middle schoolers at Crossroads School. Brown Advisory’s commitment to Crossroads School continues today. Before Brown Advisory, Jenn worked in admissions and financial aid for Oldfields School, Maryland’s oldest boarding school, and before that, for Washington College.
Jenn originally joined the Alumni Board in 2010. After serving a three-year term, Jenn stepped back to focus on her family. After her second daughter was born in 2015, Jenn looked for ways to re-engage with the College and is excited to be back on the Alumni Board!
- University of Baltimore/Towson University, Master of Business Administration
- Alpha Chi Omega Sorority: president
- WC Admissions: tour guide, host, and telecounseling supervisor
- Field hockey
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