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Best Buddies leads Lake Central graduate into public service

2013-03-13T00:00:00Z Best Buddies leads Lake Central graduate into public serviceBy Times Staff
March 13, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Schererville native Jessica A. DeMory is an administrative intern for the Village of Schaumburg, Ill., and was recently profiled on the International City/County Management Association website. She interns in three major departments: Programs and Services, Financial Management, and Human Resources Management.

A Lake Central High School graduate, DeMory earned her bachelor’s degree from Knox College in 2011,  majoring in economics and minoring in business administration and comparative politics.

As a child, she survived open heart surgery and went on to captain the LCHS girls golf team for three years, study in Denmark for a year, sing in the St. Michael Church choir and play cello for more than 10 years with the Northwest Indiana Youth Orchestra.

It was at Knox College that DeMory’s interest in public service was piqued by her participation in the Best Buddies club, for which she was the co-founder and the director, according to the ICMA story. Best Buddies aids the intellectually and physically disabled by creating a one-to-one friendship with volunteers.

Shortly after establishing the Best Buddies club at Knox College, DeMory earned the opportunity to study abroad in Denmark. It was at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in the Global Economics Program that she became more interested in public service and working with local government.

“I learned firsthand that while the federal government makes the policies and laws that may or may not affect all citizens, it is the programs and ordinances implemented at the local level that directly impact citizens on a daily basis,” DeMory said.

Upon returning from Denmark, DeMory changed her career goal from wanting to work as an economics professor at a major university to becoming a finance director at the local level of government. She began her studies in public administration at Northern Illinois University, where she holds a 4.0 GPA and will graduate in May.

DeMory has used her time at NIU to advance her skills in financial forecasting, public budgeting, and public accounting. In addition to managing all of her intern duties for the Village of Schaumburg, she is the vice president of the NIU Public Administration Student Association.

DeMory has earned several awards, including the David and Catherine Arnold Fellowship, and she is both a Rhoten A. Smith Scholar and an ICMA Edwin O. Stene Scholar.

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