Jesse was born the youngest of three in Nashville, Tenn. Her parents are wacky, supportive, intelligent and adore that their kids found ultimate, especially the part where parents butt-out and let the kids play/organize/lead. Her dad is a self-employed architect who combines his love of creation and logic in beautiful designs. Her mom was a high-school dropout, avant-garde off-Broadway theatre actress turned lawyer and eventual published author. As a result, Jesse and her brothers grew up as theatre kids who also played sports and have many opinions about building aesthetics. Her brothers built her competitive nature through daily games they built with their given surroundings and not permitting seven-year-old Jesse to receive help from their parents while playing 1980 ed. Trivial Pursuit.
She visited the University of Oregon determined not to attend school merely for ultimate but fell for the college on the Autzen footbridge while watching the Willamette river stream between rocks and logs and listening to Fugue play at regionals while Ego enthusiastically cheered. Months later, Eugene became Jesse’s home, and Fuego became her family. She graduated with a digital arts major and theatre arts minor, a whirlwind of experiences and relationships to last a lifetime.
Jesse currently lives in Boulder, Colo., smitten with the women of Denver Molly Brown.
Jesse believes in gender equity. She believes BlackLivesMatter, She believes we are destroying the planet. She counts herself as extraordinarily privileged in this life, in this world. There are days when she feels hopeless, and there are days when she feels we can tackle important social issues within this community.
Potlatch is her happy place. And to her, living ultimate is to build a team culture that is everything good you hope to see in this world coalesced with sport. To pour your entire self into your team and teammates in order to accomplish goals together. To buy in to something larger than yourself, to let yourself be filled with trust, love and inspiration for other people and for the game.
“Playing college ultimate was the first time I felt wholly myself and loved by my peers as my entire self.
The game and the people of the community push me to better myself daily, through tangible skill and discipline improvement, and through self-evaluation, conversation and critical thought.”