To Jen Marr, strangers are just friends she hasn’t met yet. That natural gift has led Jen to a vocation of crisis response, healing and comfort, which has impacted the lives of thousands of people across Connecticut, New York and most recently Virginia.
Just about everything Jen has done has been started from scratch. Building and creating programs, companies and teams is her passion. From her first job out of college to launching Inspiring Comfort LLC, each position she has taken has started with a blank piece of paper. A significant portion of her career was spent in international business development with Henry Schein Inc., as Vice President of the International Group. She was stationed in New York, London and Amsterdam as the company grew its international footprint.
In January of 2013, Jen formed the first LCC K9 Comfort Dog team in Connecticut and was there as part of the recovery at Sandy Hook Elementary for the days, weeks, months & years following the tragedy. As a member of several crisis response teams covering Western Connecticut and Westchester/Putnam Counties in New York, Jen worked with school administrations to find the most effective ways to incorporate the comfort dogs in the many facets of short term and long term trauma response.
In 2015, Jen founded the program Club Comfort to extend the crisis response for those who needed more support. The program quickly expanded to 6 states and began to be implemented in many unforeseen settings. So in 2017 she formed a team to take the program through a double testing process at Western Connecticut State University. Once completed, Inspiring Comfort LLC was launched.
Jen leads the development and programming of all Inspiring Comfort Programs. She is a frequent speaker on the topics of crisis response in our schools, the loneliness epidemic, and how comfort can be taught as a skill. Jen is passionate about furthering research and insights for other practitioners in this area.
She is a trained Stephen Minister and a certified speaker, trainer and coach with the John Maxwell Team. She is also Top Dog & Ministry Director for the LCC K9 Comfort Dog Team in training in Ashburn VA. She lives in Great Falls, VA with her husband David and daughters Erika (19, William & Mary), Ashlyn (18, Clemson University) and Audrey (14, Paul VI HS).
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