Lois Jea

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Many creatives of today were raised by social media and iPad video games rather than good old-fashioned adventures in the forest. Lois Jea is a free spirit, having grown up with a pair of pioneer parents, who when she was 2 years old, took Lois and her older sister West on a train from Connecticut to Nebraska, to seek better pastures there. From a young age, her parents taught her much of what she knows about Quiet Time with God, storytelling, honesty, and grit. Her dad taught her not to quit when he trained with her the season she ran on the boys’ cross country team in High School. Her mom taught her the value of drawing away to a quiet place in the forest to dwell  with God.

This upbringing prepared Lois for the challenges of a nomadic military family lifestyle, homeschooling her daughter, building entrepreneurial businesses along the way, and finishing a Journalism degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, which led to freelance gigs in storytelling, photography, and journalism for numerous small business owners until finally moving on to her current non-profit communications role. Despite being new to Susque and camp culture, she still manages to find time to share the story of Camp Susque through our calendar, postcards, college fairs, social media, and camp photojournalism coverage.

When she isn’t helping to communicate Susque’s ministries, she can be found out on a trail somewhere in the forest, on a roadtrip with her Jeep exploring, or building her upcoming Storytime with Nonna brand. She’s a mama of one daughter, Jasmine, and a Nonna of two grandsons, Oliver and Brodie.

What year did you start at Camp Susque?

October 2022

What kind of experience do you have in your field?

35+ years; Started marketing at an engineering firm in 1984. Became a creative entrepreneur in 1993 when my daughter was born.

What kind of schooling do you have?

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Bachelor of Journalism, Advertising Major; Word of Life Bible Institute, Biblical Studies; New York Institute of Photography, Professional Photography Diploma.

Where were you born and raised?

Born in Danbury, Connecticut; Raised in Omaha, Nebraska.

What is something most people don’t know about you?

I ran on the boys' cross country team in High School.

What was your first job?

Dishwasher at a retirement home.

Describe your perfect day off?

Hanging out at my tiny home in my PJs, my phone turned completely off, listening to the quiet, reading a book for fun, and just being.

Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever been?

Riding a camel in the Negev desert in Israel.

What’s one thing on your bucket list that you’d love to do?

Hike the Camino de Santiago in France.

What is your favorite Scripture?

Psalm 23, especially the part about the Lord being my Shepherd and because He is I will lack nothing. He will make me lay down in green pastures, lead me beside quiet waters, and restore my soul. Perhaps that's why the forest is my happy place. I sense God's Presence there.

What is your favorite area at Camp Susque?

Chapel in the Pines

What is the story behind your fun photo prop?

5 props: Hike t-shirt, 3 coffee cups, 1 drinking glass. I love to hike (t-shirt). I'm a professional photographer (camera lens travel coffee mug). My name is Lois and I'm a journalist. (Superman drinking glass). Gilmore Girls is my fav TV show (Luke's coffee mug). I love to read for fun (classic books coffee mug).

Describe your job at Camp Susque in a nutshell, and what is your favorite day in the life of your job?

In a nutshell, I share the stories of Camp Susque with others through photography, social media marketing, graphic design, staff recruiting at college campuses, mentoring camp photographers, and out and about in the community when I'm wearing Susque gear and people strike up a conversation with me. My favorite day at Susque is when I get to hike in the forest, do a photoshoot, and work on images in Adobe Lightroom and Premiere Rush putting together a video.

What are you good at? 

I'm really good at taking random ideas from different genres and bringing them all together into a really creative cohesive whole, much like how Melanie Griffith's character did in the "Working Girl" movie. So fun!

What challenges you?

Lack of clarity.

What is your favorite camp memory as a child?

Climbing into the rafters of our cabin and throwing peanuts at people when they came in the door.

When did you become a Christian?

When I was 4 years old.

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