Jackie was born in a suburb of Chicago and has lived in NYC, Maine and other states before meeting her husband who convinced her to visit and eventually move to Madison. As a "geriatric mother" who was told she could never have children due to past medical complications, her first pregnancy was uneventful, which led to two more healthy pregnancies despite all odds. While trying to balance working full-time and traveling for a large non-profit, she’s working on what to view as priority and what to let go when it comes to a healthy marriage and raising three kids. When she's not packing/unpacking suitcases and scheduling doctor appointments from airport terminals, she can be found de-compressing at the dog park with her golden retriever puppy or relaxing while trying a local brew with her husband. Her travel adventures can be found on twitter (@jackiethurnau) or on Instagram (jackieanderson5).