Meet Jessica

Jessica and horseWe would like to introduce you to the newest member of our sales team: Jessica Wood!

Jessica joined the SGS PSI team last April, and is one of the more recent additions to our team. We think it’s important to get to know each and every member of our team, so keep reading to get to know Jessica!

Jessica’s ideal day at work is, “A productive day where everything runs smoothly and I am able to get ahead in my work while also having fun with my colleagues.” As a Customer Service and Sales Administrator, Jessica has many daily tasks, including communicating with clients, working hands-on with samples as they arrive, and creating price estimates, just to name a few.

When asked why she enjoys coming to work each day, Jessica replied, “To learn. I enjoy expanding my knowledge in the sciences.” Her willingness to learn makes her an invaluable member of our team here at SGS PSI. “I enjoy research and science. I learn something new every day.” That’s just the kind of curiosity and commitment to learning that we value here at SGS PSI!

“Interacting with clients and working as a team with my colleagues,” is Jessica’s favorite thing about working at SGS PSI. “We all have to work together to make everything run smoothly. I like that nothing is ever stagnant. Things are always different and changing depending on the project.”

While Jessica now works in Sales & Customer Service–a role that focuses on living, breathing individuals–her background is actually on the far opposite end of the spectrum: Skeletons. “I have a bachelor of science degree in anthropological sciences with a concentration in forensics and a minor in criminal justice.”

With a background in forensics and criminal justice, it might not come as a surprise that Jessica likes a good puzzle–in fact, she can find them almost anywhere! One puzzle that Jessica loves to solve is in the bones she collects. “Both human and non-human bones help piece together the life of the individual,” she explained. “You can determine the sex and approximate age of the individual, how they died, how long the individual has been dead, and what health problems or injuries they suffered from. To me, it’s fascinating to be able to put the puzzle together and have an idea of what happened to an individual before and after death.”

Jessica collects animal skeletons. How did her fascination begin? “I found my first deer skull when I was twelve and found it to be very interesting,” she explained. “I wanted to know what kind of animal it was and see how much I could figure out about it. I use my collection as a hobby and have used them in my research in the past.”

Something else you might not know about Jessica: She loves horses! When she’s not in the office, she enjoys doing chores around the farm, training horses, or riding her own personal horse. “I am also the barn manager of an equine boarding facility.” She also enjoys hiking with her dog.

We asked Jessica how she thinks her coworkers would describe her. Energetic, positive, intelligent (and tall!) are the words she chose and we couldn’t agree more!

We are lucky to have her as part of our team! Thank you, Jessica, for your work thus far here at SGS PSI!