Jennifer Bordeaux, Director of Public Relations
Have you ever started down one path thinking you had everything figured out and then the next thing you know, you end up somewhere you never expected? Yeah…me too! While it may have been unexpected, and at times unwelcomed, I finally realized as soon as I stopped focusing on what didn’t happen the way I originally expected it to, I was able to see that my future looked a whole lot brighter than the past. Stumbling on that discovery was such a triumphant feeling, and that’s exactly what I want to help people realize when going through a separation or divorce.
As a child, I witnessed my parents’ 14-year marriage end and quickly learned that divorce is devastating, usually wanted more by one spouse than the other, and disruptive to the family unit. Of course my mom feared the unknown– How do I start over? How do I provide for my children? Who am I without my partner of the last 14 years? At 7 years old, I didn’t understand the full magnitude of what was happening, but looking back now, I think of the strength and insight that my mom gained from that experience and how she never lost focus on what was best for me and my brother—that’s my motivation to help our clients.
Education is power! The more I can help spread awareness about family law and help people understand that they are not alone when going through a separation/custody battle/domestic violence, etc., the better. Whether it’s working with New Direction and our awesome legal team or needing services of one of our trusted resource partners, we’re here to support those in need and help them take control of their situation. John F. Kennedy once said, “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” You may not have asked for a change like divorce, but I want to do my small part to ensure you don’t miss the future you deserve!
Born in Iowa, but raised in Dunn, North Carolina, Jen received her Bachelors from Appalachian State University in 2007 and earned a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from East Carolina University in 2012. Prior to attending a paralegal program, Jen worked with at-risk youth in the secure custody of the North Carolina Division of Juvenile Justice. During her graduate studies and work with at-risk youth, she developed an interest in the cause and prevention of domestic violence. Following her stint as an adjunct instructor at East Carolina University, Jen completed the NC Paralegal Certificate Program at the University of North Carolina in 2014.
In her free time, Jen tries to live life to the fullest! She enjoys being a “dog mom” to her two pups, Chance and Capone, traveling, listening to live music and spending quality time with her husband, Justin, and family and friends. Carpe Diem!