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Newsmaker: Jean O'Connell Jenkins

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Jean O'Connell Jenkins received the Champion of Hope and Healing Leadership Award at the annual Child Maltreatment Conference.

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Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Thursday, May 15, 2014, 11:21 p.m.
 

Noteworthy: Jenkins received the Champion of Hope and Healing Leadership Award at the annual Child Maltreatment Conference in April. The Child Advocacy Center at Children's Hospital sponsored the conference.

Age: 58

Residence: Ben Avon

Family: Daughter, Taylor O'Connell Jenkins, 16.

Occupation: Quality improvement administrator in the Allegheny County Department of Human Services Office of Data Analysis, Research and Evaluation

Education: Bachelor's degree in sociology and master's degree in administration of justice, both from the University of Pittsburgh.

Background: A native of Sayre, Bradford County, Jenkins has worked in human services for 35 years. She has been with the county since 2008, working to measure the department's practice and systems performance, with a focus on child welfare.

Quote: “The most rewarding part of my job is to be able to take the best that I've learned from my own experiences, and from others, and apply them to improving the lives of families and individuals whom we serve at the Department of Human Services.”

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