Mrs. Janna Kerns-Jenkins
Janna is Co-Owner, Vice President, and Creative Director of the Fred Jenkins Funeral Home. In her capacity as Creative Director, Janna designs all marketing content while managing accounts, advertising, social media, and community relations. She also works with clients to create individual memorial gallery tributes with cherished personal possessions and mementos. Janna’s efforts have afforded the funeral home the opportunity to be featured in Southern Calls magazine and recognized as one of America’s Best Funeral Homes for six consecutive years. Prior to joining her husband, Jared, and their team at the Fred Jenkins Funeral Home, Janna enjoyed a decade long career in land resource development, where she was a licensed Realtor and top ranked Land Representative for Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company.
As a young adult, Janna was proud to represent the Mountain State as Miss West Virginia at the 2003 Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, NJ. She applied her Miss West Virginia scholarship winnings to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and a Crisis Public Affairs certification from West Virginia University’s Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism. Janna was the recipient of the Miss America Community Service Award for her cancer awareness platform, CARE, and was recognized by Governor Joe Manchin as a nominee for the West Virginia Governor’s Service Award.
Nearly 20 years later, Janna remains active in her community. She has served as Marketing Consultant to the Morgantown Area Meals on Wheels Board of Directors and as a weekly delivery volunteer. She works annually with the Wreaths Across America organization, Stockings for Soldiers program, and the West Virginia Chapter of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. She volunteers at Trinity Christian School where she serves on the Scholarship and Tuition Assistance Committee and is a Coach for Girls on the Run. Janna, Jared, and their nine-year-old daughter, Grace attend Goshen Baptist Church and serve as a host family for the West Virginia Black Bears.
Janna will be forever grateful to the staff and volunteers at Morgantown Dance for enriching her daughter’s life with the gifts of dance education and performance opportunities; this talented and loving tribe of people have also helped instill in her the importance of perseverance, valuable relationships, and character. The Jenkins family consider themselves fortunate and blessed to have their daughter’s life enhanced by the opportunities and people at Morgantown Dance.
Janna is honored to be a member of the Morgantown Dance Board of Directors, starting in 2021, where she can collaborate with like-minded individuals who share her appreciation for and preservation of the performing arts. She looks forward to giving back to this phenomenal program and sharing in its success and growth so it may continue to positively impact the lives of other individuals the way that it has impacted her own.
She says, “I count it a privilege to collaborate with like-minded individuals who share my appreciation for and preservation of the performing arts. I have witnessed firsthand how Morgantown Dance enriches the lives of young people by providing an environment and creative platform in which students not only learn, but where they can also express themselves, gain confidence, build relationships, and self-awareness in addition to physical and emotional stamina. These skills are beneficial and applicable far beyond the stage, allowing students to achieve success in various facets of life.”