Jeri was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. Continuing a family tradition, she attended Willamette University where she received her bachelor's degree in biology.
Jeri's interest in human genetics and psychology led her to pursue the field of genetic counseling. She studied genetic counseling at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York and upon receiving her master's degree, returned to the Pacific Northwest.
Jeri enjoys many of Oregon's seasonal activities. Snow skiing fills her winter weekends, while the summer months afford the opportunity for water skiing, hiking, tennis and golf.