Keynote Speaker


Jess Lawrence

Director, Cairn Guidance

Jess Lawrence is an enthusiastic, energetic, extroverted New Englander living in Eastern Kentucky by way of Portland, Oregon after 20 years. She started her career doing exactly what she wanted to do since her own high school experience—teaching 7th graders health education. In 2003, Jess was hired as the Health Education Curriculum Specialist for the Oregon Department of Education, where she provided assistance and professional development to health teachers across Oregon. In 2006, Jess pursued a career as a national school health/wellness consultant, working with state departments of transportation, education, and health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, school districts and non-profits working to create healthier schools and communities. She writes curriculum, presents at conferences, works closely with districts to implement the WSCC Framework and facilitates a variety of events, including how to create systems change in schools around wellness. 

On August 31, 2013, Jess completed a life goal of bicycling solo across the United States in 90 days and while doing so raised $23,000 for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to fight childhood obesity. 

Jess commits the time to regularly swim, run, bicycle, cook and travel internationally for vacation. Jess has lived in Chile and New Zealand. She now lives in Morehead, Kentucky, with her partner, Jamie Sparks and his three children ages 11, 13 and 16. Jess enjoys cycling, international travel, cooking and watching soccer.

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