Jenna Roland, 27, joined Models for Charity when her friend and current member Susan Roszko VanNess told her about the Membership Drive on May 17, 2012. Susan had told Jenna that MFC was in need of plus-sized models and wondered if she was interested. “Modeling sounded like something fun, new, and challenging,” said Jenna. “After going to the Membership Drive meeting back in May, I was really impressed with how involved MFC was in giving back to the community.” She had no prior experience in modeling before joining MFC, but appreciates the guidance from members Winter, Michelle, Byron, and Eryka. Since joining, Jenna has been a regular fixture at the meetings, modeled in fashionSpark in September 2012 and Raleigh Fashion Week 2012 in October, as well as contributing to a number of other projects. She seeks to be involved in any way she can contribute and is proud of how “the organization is always active and looks to take on new challenges.”
Jenna spends her days as a Cardiac Sonographer at Wake Med Health and Hospitals and at Duke Raleigh. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and an Associate’s Degree in Cardiac Sonography. Jenna is from Boyne City, Michigan, but is already a fan of the triangle even though she has only been here since January 2010. “I appreciate all of the opportunity the Triangle has to offer,” she said. “I initially moved down here to start my career as a Cardiac Sonographer. I also love having an NHL team (Hurricanes) ten minutes away from where I live.”
Her two biggest interests are hockey and photography. If she is not at work, she’s at a hockey rink. “I’ve been playing for 23 years,” Jenna shares excitedly. “Hockey has always been my number one extracurricular activity.” She frequently plays with various men and women’s teams around the area and is a Carolina Hurricanes season ticketholder as well. In addition to working in the field of Sonography, she also has her own photography business, Jenna Roland Photography, and credits her niece with inspiring her to take her passion for photography to the next level.
Outside of Jenna’s involvement with MFC, it should come as no surprise that her favorite charitable causes and organizations are related to hockey. “I am a coach and mentor for the Triangle Special Hockey Association (Cat5Canes) and the Carolina Sled Hockey team,” Jenna says. “Triangle Special Hockey Association is dedicated to the development and enjoyment of ice hockey for developmentally or physically challenged youth and adults. We are associated with American Special Hockey Association and serve the Triangle and surrounding areas of North Carolina. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization consisting of parents, volunteers, sponsors and of course, our exceptional athletes.” Every weekend during hockey season, she is out working with special needs children and teenagers. By watching these kids and adults overcome so many obstacles, she’s learned that anything is possible.
Seeing all the kids grow and develop into amazing athletes, she puts it best by stating “impossible is nothing” as her lesson.