Jess was born and raised in the Wichita area and works in process improvement. Aside from very early memories of their mom teaching Sunday school class, Jess largely grew up religious-curious. After tiptoeing into Taoism and Wicca in high school, they married way too young and jumped head-first into Catholicism. After two kids, a divorce, and some critical thinking, they found their way back out of religion and realized the thing that they were missing was community. That led them to Wichita Oasis, where the community supports them and challenges them to be a better human. Outside of Wichita Oasis, Jess enjoys spending time with family, playing D&D and video games, and finding stories that surprise them–but not in a scary way.