Jennifer Strausser is the first Chief Operations Officer to be hired at The Arc of Chester County.
Jen brings over 30 years of experience in the non-profit sector supporting individuals with disabilities and their families. She grew up in a household dedicated to providing respite care for people with disabilities, opening their hearts and home to those in need. Her parents subsequently adopted her brother, a former recipient of their services and new addition to the family.
Jen’s career path formed in her high school years, working as a dietary aid in a residential facility for children with disabilities. After graduation, Jen remained in the field working as a Direct Support Professional throughout college. She graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Cairn University.
Jen’s career spans over 17 years working for providers of IDD services in various positions of direct service, quality management, administration, and operations. In addition, she worked for a Center for Independent Living for seven years in supervisory, management, and compliance roles.
A passion for helping others and lifelong learning has brought Jen to The Arc where she will act as our new Chief Operations Officer, responsible for overseeing the day-to-day administrative and operational business functions. Jen will report to Jeanne Meikrantz, Chief Executive Officer.
Jen enjoys the outdoors and sitting around a campfire with her family. She currently resides in Lancaster County with her three children and various four-legged creatures.