Jean is a founding member of the Boone County Community Foundation. She is a graduate of Western Illinois University where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree. Jean taught in the Belvidere School District, retiring after 26 years.
She is Vice President of the Belvidere Township Park Board, President of the District 100 Foundation for Excellence in Education, and Secretary of the Boone County Arts Council. Jean is also the treasurer of the Panhellenic Society of Belvidere.