FEATURED MOVER | Jennifer Mettrick, Penn-Mar Human Services

Jennifer Mettrick was named the first chief strategy officer of Penn-Mar Human Services, a provider of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Mettrick will help facilitate the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative strategies intended to continually enhance the services that support people with IDD to live their best lives. She will also determine new opportunities for program efficiency while identifying strategies that promote Penn-Mar’s mission, vision, and values to achieve the best outcomes.

Her former position was also with the nonprofit, as director of operations for Change Inc., a division of Penn-Mar Human Services. Before Change Inc., Mettrick spent 15 years in a university setting, first at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, then at the University of Maryland School of Social Work’s Institute for Innovation and Implementation.

Jennifer Mettrick, chief strategy officer with Penn-Mar Human Services

Jennifer Mettrick, chief strategy officer with Penn-Mar Human Services


Resides in:

Westminster, Carroll County


Undergraduate, Bachelor of Science in biology from Mt. St. Mary’s University; Graduate – Master’s degree in health science from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Masters in Counseling from Loyola University

If you had not chosen human services as a profession, what profession would you choose and why?

I cannot really imagine not choosing something related to human services. I may have gone into a more research focused career on one in medicine or clinical psychology, but they all lead me back to supporting people and especially those that may need extra support at different points in their lives.  I do however love sports, love coaching and could have seen myself pursue a career in sports if I had not found public health which started me out on my human services career path.

Favorite vacation: 

Vacations to Crete in Greece. We have visited family who have a home on the Island of Crete in a small fishing village. It is a place that I can truly unplug and relax.

When I want to relax, I … :

I take long walks, read, or day dream on my porch swing

Favorite book, movies:

“Pride and Prejudice,” but I am a huge Harry Potter fan. I love sports movies – “Remember the Titans,” “Rudy” …

Favorite quotation:

“Love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort and keep on learning,” — Carol Dweck

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