I'm a Licensed Child and Family Educator, have a B.S in Child Psychology and an M.Ed. in Family Education. I'm also a certified Professional Coach and a certified Youth, Parent & Family Coach through the World Coach Institute. I've been working with families for over 20 years in a variety of settings.

I'm passionate about empowering parents to grow genuinely happy and confident children. I do this through one-on-one sessions with parents, through classes for parents (online and in-person) and through my book, Your Family Compass: A Parenting Guide for the Journey that was published in 2012. I also offer one-on-one sessions with youth and sessions for families together. 

Beyond my work through Jenny Hanlon Consulting I also teach preschool on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Tamarack Nature Center through the White Bear Lake School District and the Growing Children parent-child class at The Childrens Farm School in West Lakeland. From 2007-2013 I was also the Summer Program Director at The Childrens Farm, supervising and training the summer intern teachers and overseeing all other aspects of the summer program.

I serve as an active volunteer with FamilyMeans, a nonprofit service organization in Stillwater. I'm on the Next Generation Leadership Council, planning and running fundraisers to support the various programs FamilyMeans offers along with being a respite care volunteer with my certified therapy dog, Ries.

I recently started volunteering with the Minnesota Children and Nature Connection seeking to find more ways to connect children and families with nature. 

As one of the Founding Teachers of Dodge Nature Preschool, I taught preschool, lead parent workshops, and was also the Assistant Director from 2000-2004.

My husband and I live in the eastern suburbs of the Twin Cities with our teenage children and two active dogs.