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Dr. Jill, as she's called by many of her patients, is passionate about helping others, especially children. As an ER doctor and the Medical Director of Pediatrics at INOVA Loudoun Hospital, Jill helps families through their most difficult days. She exudes a quiet confidence as she tends to patients and leads three medical departments at the hospital. Jill also volunteers extensively at her children’s school.
This past spring, Jill was encouraged by family, friends, and the Governor of Virginia to run for a seat on the Virginia Senate representing District 13. When asked how she feels about the possibility of adding Senator to her list of titles, Jill says public office is not something that was on her immediate career path. She decided to run when she realized she could have an even greater impact on the community by participating in the decision-making process in Richmond.
Issues such as affordable access to quality healthcare, smallbusiness growth, and funding for full-day Kindergarten in Loudoun County are some of Jill’s top concerns. Jill’s dedication to helping others inspires all who know her. One of her campaign volunteers says, “Jill is truly one of a kind, someone so genuine and honest in everything she says and does, not just for our community as a whole, but for each individual within the community!”
What do you do for a living?
I’m a physician and hospital administrator. I’m also a candidate for Virginia State Senate for the 13th district representing portions of Loudoun and Prince William counties.
Who is the most influential person in your life and why?
My husband Andrew. He’s an incredibly talented leader, and he’s a great resource for me personally and professionally. I know he always has my best interests at heart.
Who is your role model and why?
There’s a long list. I would say Karen Remley is one of my favorite and most recent role models. She’s an ER doctor who previously served as the Commissioner of Health for the Commonwealth of Virginia. In July, Karen will become the CEO/Executive Director of the American Academy of Pediatrics—the first woman ever to hold that title. Karen does a great job of balancing her career in medicine with being a mom. We have similar worldviews, so she’s a great role model for me.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
My sister Kim always says, “You don’t have to pick a perfect tomato.” That motto reminds me to prioritize how I spend my time and to focus on what’s most important.
What book has most influenced you?
“Lean In” was a good read, especially the parts of the book that focused on how female medical students viewed themselves differently from their male counterparts. I just finished a book called “All the Light We Cannot See,” which was an amazing historical fiction story with very authentic characters.
What advice would you give your 21-year-old self?
You do not have to have your entire life planned out! Be open to opportunities that come your way. I could never have predicted I would be where I am today.
What do you do in your spare time?
My family and I like to spend time outdoors. Whenever we have a free day, we go for a bike ride or to a zip-line park. Our last vacation was a white-water-rafting trip in Utah. I do yoga regularly because it helps me manage stress.
What is the biggest global challenge facing our world today?
I think we need to create a culture of greater acceptance for others. We need more inclusiveness.
If you weren’t in your current career, what would you be doing?
I would probably be working in child advocacy in some capacity. I’m interested in public policy as it relates to helping children. I’m always looking for ways to serve more families in our community.
What is your greatest accomplishment and why?
I’m not sure it’s an ‘accomplishment,’ per se, but I would have to say my children. My children make me very proud. I have extended family spread out across the country and we’re all very close. If I’m elected to the Virginia Senate, I’ll be very proud of that accomplishment because my candidacy reflects a team effort. I’m fortunate to have some very talented people in my corner.