Jackie Walorski is a native Hoosier, born and raised in South Bend, Indiana.  Jackie attended Riley High School in South Bend and graduated with a BA from Taylor University, also in Indiana.   She started her career as a reporter at WSBT-TV and later worked as a Development Director to raise funds for local colleges and universities. Shortly after marrying her husband Dean, a Mishawaka school teacher, Jackie and Dean moved to Romania.  While in Romania, they founded their own agency and local foundation to help provide much-needed medical supplies to the country’s impoverished children.