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Broadmead Welcomes New Resident, Jen Hobbins

Jen Hobbins grew up on a farm north of Broadmead. She attended Pembroke College in Providence, RI (now merged with Brown University), but transferred after two years to the University of Pennsylvania because of its innovative teaching preparation for those wanting to teach in an urban setting. This experience enabled Jen to lead a Head Start Center in Washington, DC, where she met and fell in love with Tom Hobbins, a physician at the National Institutes of Health.

Moving to Seattle for Tom's residency program, Jen tutored in a public school, worked at the Experimental Education Unit of the University of Washington, and taught first grade. After a time in Philadelphia, the couple and their two children moved to Baltimore.

Tom taught at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. As a physician with a focus on the new field of sleep disorders, Tom founded and directed the Maryland Sleep Disorders Center, and Jen worked as a counselor there. Tom died in 2001.

Before her sleep center work, Jen had been a counselor at Planned Parenthood. She later served on the board of Planned Parenthood of Maryland. Jen also served on an early Broadmead Board of Trustees and again years later. She has been a member of the board of Friends School of Baltimore and served on various advisory groups that address health care disparities.

Jen said that she has greatly enjoyed volunteering at the Brown Memorial Tutoring Program and taking courses at the Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies Institute.

-- Written by Jackie Mintz

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