Service to Our Community
During his long-distance relationship with Erie native Jamie Stubenhofer, Jay grew to love the Erie region. Jay and Jamie were married in 2008 at St. John the Baptist Church on Erie's east side, where they remain active parishioners.
Jay's experiences in war solidified his call to service, but in a new direction. While planning for a career after his Army enlistment, Jay chose to serve in Social Work and vowed to continue his service to the Erie community. Immediately following his Honorable Discharge in early 2009, Jay began to study at Mercyhurst University.
Demonstrating the same dedication and work ethic instilled in him as a child, and tested as a soldier, he completed the degree program in only two years, while earning the prestigious Catherine McAuley Award. One year later, Jay earned a graduate degree from Case Western Reserve University.
Since graduating, Jay started and ran veterans programs at two area universities (Mercyhurst University and Edinboro University), improving academic outcomes and earning state and national accolades for supporting student veterans and their families.