Each quarter we highlight an LCRC Staff Member. This quarter, get to know Jesi Smith.
What is your role at LCRC? Positive Connections Program Dir.
What does that entail? I oversee the visitation center. My job duties range from scheduling visitation/exchanges, invoices/billing, supervising visitation/exchanges.
How long have you been with LCRC? I have been with LCRC since 2009. I have been the Positive Connections Program Director since October 2013. Prior to that, I was a Positive Connections Facilitator.
What is the most rewarding part of your job? Watching a family change and observing a family become healthy and improve the overall dynamics of the family relationships.
What is the most challenging part of your job? Seeing the hardships and struggles families face and witnessing the emotional stress and toll the situations have on children.
What is your background? I was born and raised in Detroit Lakes. I attended college through Southwest Minnesota State University out of Marshall, MN. and have a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Previously, I worked as a substitute teacher and as a teacher assistant with Mahube Head-Start. My husband and I are licensed for Foster Care.
What is your dream vacation? I have always wanted to see Alaska. Our family loves the outdoors and our vacations generate towards camping, fishing trips and hiking.
What is your favorite food? Pancakes are my favorite food. They are good at any meal!
Who is the most influential person(s) in your life? My Grandmother. She is an amazing woman who has supported me in all my journeys.
What brought you to LCRC? I needed an administrative internship for college. I called the previous director of Positive Connections and asked if it would be possible to complete my internship with LCRC. When my internship was completed, I was offered a part-time position.
Do you have a favorite childhood memory? Walking in the woods with my Dad. He had a lot of patience and always stopped to answer my questions. He would teach me the types of trees, point out animal tracks and other various signs of nature. He would repeatedly tell me to listen for deer as I talked non-stop through our adventures.