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Julie (Tobey) Jenkins ’84

Julie (Tobey) Jenkins

Julie (Tobey) Jenkins ’84

Julie (Tobey) Jenkins ’84 has been preparing for a life of service since she was a political science undergraduate at University Campus in the early 1980s. She served as vice president of the Student Government Association (SGA, now known as SGU) in 1982-1983 and as the SGA’s first-ever female president her senior year—a point of pride that’s still on her résumé. Through Father Marion Bowman, she met and worked for then Congressman Buddy MacKay in Washington, DC, an experience that gave her a taste for public service that would last a lifetime.

Since those days, this ever-energetic alumna has served the Tampa Bay community in many ways, perhaps most significantly through her work as a fundraiser. As a development officer for St. Peter Claver Catholic School, she raised the funds necessary for the school to continue in its mission to educate children in an underserved neighborhood of Tampa. She has also been the associate director of Development at The Children’s Home Inc., an organization that provides life-changing services to at-risk children and their families. Today, Julie works in sales for Grapple Hook, an industrial marketing company she co-owns with her husband, Dan.

Julie has been an active member of the Saint Leo Alumni Association. She also spearheaded the Maura Snyder Scholarship Fund and the John Fiengo Memorial Scholarship, which continue to benefit Saint Leo students today.

Julie (Tobey) Jenkins ’84, center, served on the executive board of Saint Leo’s Student Government Association.

Julie (Tobey) Jenkins ’84, center, served on the executive board of Saint Leo’s Student Government Association.

Julie feels a strong calling to put her time, talent, and treasure to use for the community good. She says, “My heroes are people who do the right thing and give back, people who participate in their communities. Nowadays, that’s a lot of people!”

 
 

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