January 23. 2018 3:50PM

Jessica L. Riendeau • 37 • Groveton


What is the best career advice you ever received?

When I was fresh out of college I moved to Virginia and became a police offer. But I only had the nerve to do it because my dad said, “Try it. If you don’t like it — come home.” I came home a few years later with some amazing experiences under my belt and a strong appreciation for my quiet hometown!

What motivates you to give back to your community?

I want to raise my kids in the best environment possible, surrounded by others who are thriving as well. To me, that means staying actively involved in ways that can facilitate positive change.

What advice would you give your 22-year-old self?

Remember to not make life decisions based on anyone else but YOU. Move around … take the job/quit the job … travel … enjoy your youth … make mistakes to learn from … and so on. This may sound selfish now, but you’ll have plenty of time to settle down and focus on others in the future.

What would you like to be doing when you’re 40?

Life is good, and since I’m pushing that marker already, I’d just like to be able to keep a steady pace. Although, “vacationing” would be a great option too!

What was your last major achievement?

Granite State Children’s Alliance “Hands of Hope” Award recipient (2011).

Volunteer activities: Northumberland School Board, Max York Foundation (Board - Vice Chair), Child Advocacy Center of Coos County (Board - President), Girl Scout Troop #13061 (Assistant Troop Leader).