About JAG

Jennifer A. Gutierrez, M.A., President

Jennifer is a Catholic business consultant with a strong devotion to Mary and 23 years of consulting experience.

Jennifer Guitierez Picture

Early in her career, Jennifer worked for the Guatemalan Development Foundation (FUNDESA) in Guatemala City, Guatemala, as its communications liaison to the U.S. Embassy, Guatemala’s national media, and international media such as the Associated Press and Voice of America. She was also responsible for international public relations and publication development.

Upon relocating to the United States, Jennifer worked for Paul Werth Associates, an Ohio-based national award winning public relations firm, where she implemented strategic initiatives for corporate, public affairs and health care clients.

President of JAG since 2002, Jennifer offers expertise in the areas of research, strategic planning and implementation, strategic communications, board training and development, and cultural diversity services. Select Catholic, corporate, nonprofit, state and federal clients include: Pius X High School, St. Joseph Catholic Church and School, the Catholic Foundation of Southern Nebraska, Matt Talbot Kitchen and Outreach, Pinnacle Bank, US Bank, United Way organizations across the Midwest, the Omaha Home for Boys, Food Banks in the region, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, and the Nebraska National Guard.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Jennifer holds Bachelor’s degrees in journalism and Spanish, and a Master’s degree in political science with a specialization in human rights and diversity. She was a governor appointee to the Nebraska Commission on the Status of Women, a mayoral appointee to the Lincoln Lancaster County Women’s Commission, and has been a member of numerous non-profit boards. Jennifer was recently named by the Lincoln Journal Star as #10 on 30 of the Most Influential Women in Lincoln, Nebraska.

She still considers Guatemala her second home.

Her first home is filled with love and laughter with her husband and eight children by her side. Here are some more ‘get to know Jennifer’ facts:

  • Loves the marimba
  • Is a violinist (and performed in Carnegie Hall when she was 18)
  • Wish list includes going on an archaeological dig in Greece

About Jacqueline Halbig von Schleppenbach, M.A.

Jacqueline brings over 25 years of experience in government relations, public policy, communications, and management to JAG Consulting. As an adult convert to Catholicism, Jacqueline believes she is called to encourage others to discover the beauty of the Catholic faith, as well as use her gifts to serve God faithfully in her professional career.

jhvs Jacqueline has served in senior executive positions at the White House, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Office of the Governor for the Commonwealth of Virginia, and other high-profile positions, including Senior Policy Advisor and Director of External Relations at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Since leaving the federal government in 2009, she has offered consulting services to assist public and private sector clients within the fields of healthcare, public health, medicine, and education.  Select non-profit and corporate clients include: Yale Center for Health Solutions, Ponce School of Medicine, St. Kitts School of Medicine, Sabia Net, Pfizer, AT &T, The Alliance for Healthcare Transformation, and VisíonAmericas.

Jacqueline also provides public policy, government relations, strategic business development and fundraising consulting for Pro-Life and Catholic organizations, such as the Chiaroscuro Institute, Women Speak for Themselves, The Catholic Association, Concerned Women for America, and Americans United for Life. She is a founding and active member of the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast Board, and is the current Executive Director of the International Catholic Legislators Network, an international fellowship that brings together Catholic parliamentarians from around the world for spiritual formation, fellowship, and education on the tough topics of the day.

Jacqueline received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an M.A. in Statecraft and International Affairs from the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C.

Other interesting facts about Jacqueline:

  • She is the child of German immigrants and grew up in a hotel in Vermont, where German hospitality was the family business, complete with speaking German and dressing in dirndls.
  • She loves training for (and running) marathons.
  • She currently lives in beautiful historic Alexandria, Virginia with her wonderful husband Greg their little dog, Sabina or “Beanie” for short.

About Cindy Jeffrey, M.A.

Cindy brings 25 years extensive experience to JAG Consulting clients in the areas of strategic planning and communications, government relations, coalition building, advocacy, and in leading successful change efforts.

cindyCindy attributes both her commitment to change and her innovative approach to advocacy to her Catholic faith. While her passion for changing the world began as a news reporter, her desire to leave the world a better place led her to work in promoting health and safety as an expert consultant for public and private organizations across the country. Sought out by organizations as a successful change agent, Cindy’s leadership on key advocacy campaigns blends a deep knowledge of state policy and legislation with the ability to build strong support among a wide cadre of constituents.

One of Cindy’s many successes was leadership of advocacy efforts to bring smoke-free indoor worksites to her home city and state – in spite of multi-million dollar lobbying efforts against this legislation across the country by big tobacco companies. For those efforts, she received the Patty Steele Memorial Award for Excellence in Public Advocacy from the American Cancer Society, Heartland Division. She has been the only non-legislator to receive the award as an individual.

For JAG clients, this knowledge and expertise will be invaluable in the areas of growing engagement of volunteers, parishioners, and advocates in bringing about effective change efforts; and in issue areas including religious liberty, Catholic health care, education, and more.

Cindy graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in journalism and history, and completed her Master’s in communications and adult and continuing education. She has served in various leadership and advocacy roles, including state advocacy lead for non-profit organizations, as a Mayor’s appointee and Chairwoman of a city board, and a steering committee member of various policy campaigns.

Other get-to-know Cindy facts:

  • Cindy has traveled to all 50 states, and loves visiting historical sites, national parks and state capitols.
  • She loves spending time with her family, and is very, very, very at home with computers and gadgets.
  • While she sings in her church choir, someday she’s going to learn to be a great singer, if not in this life, then definitely in the next!

About Zachary Baehr

december-2015-mug-croppedZachary loves content. He loves to help small organizations have an outsized presence by using content to tell the story of the organization, and he has helped with content strategy and development for newspapers, nonprofits and schools. Using social media, websites, emails and more, he hopes to create a compelling narrative for organizations. He supports JAG’s efforts when appropriate for the organization.

Zachary has worked for newspapers (print and digital), nonprofits and government organizations, always focusing on content development. His passion is brainstorming new ideas for organizations to tell their stories in a variety of ways, and strongly believes in idea application: borrowing from the creativity of others, and applying it to whatever project fits best. He’s a national award winner for a public school communications association, with honors in digital media, print publication and podcasts. He’s also a state award winner through the Nebraska Public Relations Association.

Zachary lives in Lincoln with his wife and two children, and enjoys discussing technology, politics and past episodes of The West Wing.