Thomas Nelson Alumna Goes to White House

June 14, 2018
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Jennifer Frickman, a Thomas Nelson Alumni Council Board member, was among attendees at the National Small Business Association (NSBA) Washington Presentation in Washington, D.C. Frickman received an associate of applied science degree in computer aided drafting and design technology from the College in 2007. 

A Smithville business owner, she was part of the NSBA delegation during the June 11-12 visit to the nation’s capital. She is pictured with Shelina Hardwick-Moses, an adjunct instructor who teaches business at Thomas Nelson and was also among participants. The delegation participated in activities designed to give small business owners the latest updates on federal legislation and increase lawmakers’ awareness of critical issues that affect small business owners. The visit included a White House briefing featuring several representatives from key agencies within the administration and a Congressional breakfast with numerous policymakers.  

The visit also allowed NSBA delegates to meet lawmakers who represent Virginia including Sen. Tim Kaine, Congressman Bobby Scott and Sen. Mark Warner for discussions on tax reform 2.0, the need for a White House conference on small business, health care costs, federal contracting and more. 

Frickman described her participation in the delegation as “a great experience speaking with White House officials, senators and representatives. I hope that I will be invited back in the future.” 

Reflecting on her Thomas Nelson experience she said, “The faculty and staff genuinely wanted each student to succeed, and their guidance didn’t stop in the classroom.  My professors provided me mentorship on a personal level and went above and beyond to ensure that I succeeded. Thomas Nelson provided me with tools to succeed in my career and adult life.”

Her educational background also includes undergraduate studies in management and operations at Saint Leo University. She enjoyed a career as an HVAC designer and engineering plant analyst at Newport News Shipbuilding before launching her business, a concrete construction company called Rod Busters, Inc. 

Frickman stays connected to the College via the Alumni Council. She and several board members helped welcome the newest class of alumni at this year’s commencement exercises. The pomp of commencement was a new experience for Frickman since she did not attend her own ceremony. 

She described the festivities as, “very exhilarating for me to be able to see the excitement in each of the graduates, their families, and the faculty and staff's faces. I hope that the graduates will participate in the Alumni Council and stay involved with Thomas Nelson as they continue onto the next chapters of their lives.”