A native of Long Beach California, Jackie grew up playing violin, viola, and piano. She earned a Bachelor of Art in French and a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from the University of Southern California, studying with Dr. Pamela Goldsmith. While living in Los Angeles, Jackie freelanced on projects such as motion pictures The Solois tand Not Another Dance Flick. Subsequently, she moved to Northwestern where she earned her Masters of Music in Viola Performance and Orchestral Literature with Dr. Roland Vamos. Recently, she completed her tenure with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, serving as principal viola. Currently, she freelances throughout the Chicagoland area, has a large violin/viola studio at the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute, and remains a founding member of the Allium String Quartet.