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.