Get to Know: Jenna Friebel

December 17, 2018
Jenna Friebel

Jenna Friebel

Age: 46

Born in: Richland

Lives in: Mount Vernon

Family: “My husband Tanner is a firefighter paramedic, my daughter Thea is 12 and my son Riley is 10.”

Education: “I have a Bachelor of Sciences in biology from Oregon State University and a Master’s Degree in engineering from the University of Washington — that’s the training I needed to become a hydrologist.”

Occupation: Executive director of the recently-formed Skagit Drainage and Irrigation Districts Consortium.

Best part of your job: “The people and the opportunity to make a difference in our community.”

Best part of living here: “The sense of community and the rural elements of it — being close to the North Cascades and Puget Sound beaches.”

How do you take your coffee? “With cream and sugar.”

If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be? “The Alps.”

What are you most looking forward to this winter? “Snowshoeing and then spring.”

What’s your favorite thing about Christmas? “Spending time with my family and surprising my kids with treats.”

What are you binging on Netflix right now? “I never have time to watch TV, except for occasionally watching soccer.”

What are you reading right now? “’A Good Year’ by Peter Mayle.

What is your favorite book? “’Sand County Almanac’ by Aldo Leopold.”

What words do you live by? “’How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top’” from Yvon Chouinard.”

The world would be a better place if: “Everyone followed the golden rule: Treat people like you want to be treated.”

Who do you admire most and why? “Yvon Chouinard, the founder of Patagonia, because of his environmental ethics, commitment to work-life balance and because he created a way to do business without compromising his principles.”

Best childhood memory: “My first backpacking trip when I was about 12. My dad, my brother, my cousin and I went to Rocky Mountain National Park. We forgot most of our food, we got lost, we got rained on and we discovered there was a mountain lion cave very close to where we were camping.”

When I was younger, I wanted to be: “A geologist.”

First job: “I coached soccer camps during college.”

Dream job: “I think I kind of have my dream job — I love what I’m doing.”

What is your spirit animal? “Working dog.”

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