With a work ethic inspired by her childhood growing up on a farm, where there was always work to be done, Jeanne L. Enstad earned an associate degree in elementary education and teaching from Bowling Green State University Firelands, followed by completing early childhood and teaching coursework at the Ohio State University. From 1995 to 2015, she was a preschool teacher and program and center director for the Ohio State University Extension and the 4-H youth development and program director for the Ford Motor Company. Additionally, Ms. Enstad established One Journey in 2006, where she excels as an author, motivational speaker and life coach, and she also spent time as the fundraising manager for the Ohio State Office of Volunteerism.
Having struggled with her health throughout her career, dealing with everything from cancer to a collision with an 18-wheeler, Ms. Enstad continued to persevere, even when her doctor said that she would never walk again. Proving that doctor wrong, she drew on her experiences to write her first book, “A Journey of Hope to Heaven & Back,” which was published by Xulon Press in 2018. Her motivational speaking has also led her to be a featured speaker on several TV shows. Attributing much of her success to her faith and to her family, Ms. Enstad has accrued considerable expertise in the fields of religion and wellness and is continually driven to help people connect with their own innate gifts and guide them to find success.
Furthermore, Ms. Enstad is in the process of publishing her second book, “The Final Score,” which was inspired by her two grandsons, who are baseball enthusiasts. She has also begun the process of producing a film based on her first book, “A Journey of Hope to Heaven & Back.” Having expanded into podcasting as a way to reach a wider audience, she hopes to continue her work in public speaking and life coaching. She feels blessed to have cultivated a healthy attitude that has allowed her to push through all the blows that life has dealt her. For her excellence, Ms. Enstad has been presented with the Citizen of the Year Award by her local chamber of commerce, the Ohio Volunteer of the Year Award, two Cancer Survivor Awards and an Educator of the Year Award.