Jennifer Wisser-Stokes was born in Orlando, Florida on December 31, 1986. She currently maintains residence in the Central Florida area. Upon graduating from high school she enrolled at Valencia Community College where she received an Associates Degree. After obtaining an Associates Degree she transferred to the University of Central Florida and became an active member in the Psychology Honors Society, Psi Chi. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. Jennifer is currently working on her Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Troy University. She is passionate about her work in helping and advocating for individuals in need. She currently holds a leadership position in the Counseling Honors Society, as President of the Tau Upsilon Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota. During her time as President she has organized and executed a number of community events and meetings, as well as maintained communication and cooperation amongst other Troy campuses across Florida.
Jennifer also holds a position as Senior Research Assistant at the university. She has presented at professional conferences on both a National and State level on empirical theory based practices in Counseling and Behavioral Medicine. Her educational endeavors thus far have provided her with the means to communicate effectively, compromise accordingly, and maintain acceptance for differences. Jennifer plans to continue her education in a doctoral Counselor Education Program. She hopes to use her experience and education to make a difference within the community by reaching out to others not only in the way of counseling and academia, but making an impact within the legislature through Lobbying efforts as well. Last year Jennifer participated in FML as a lobbyist and received the award for Distinguished Lobbyist. She drafted Senate Bill 22, Needle Exchange Program and helped lobby for other bills on the 2011 FML platform. She looks forward to actively participating in the 2012 FML and serving as Chief Lobbyist!
Role of the Chief Lobbyist
The Chief Lobbyist at the Florida Model Legislature will have many duties which are not easy to fulfill. Before the conference, the chief lobbyist will assist the Lobbyist Director in selecting the Lobby Groups that will be at Florida Model Legislature. During the conference, the chief lobbyist will lead the lobby corps and give them necessary information and tips when asked for it. The Chief Lobbyist may also represent different groups so that they can cover a wide range of services.