A 2003 graduate of Grant Union High School in John Day, Oregon, Brandi Jo chose to attend SOU in Ashland. After graduating with her degree in psychology, Brandi Jo was a caseworker for Oregon Child Welfare for ten years, starting her career in Gold Beach then moving to Bend in 2009. In 2018, she became a supervisor for the Oregon Department of Human Services and currently overseas fourteen employees. In 2015, she received the Tom Moan Social Worker of the Year award from the State of Oregon, in recognition for her dedication in the field of social work. She continues to serve the children and families in District 10, which covers Jefferson, Deschutes and Crook counties.
Brandi Jo received her masters in social work from Portland State University in 2016 and she received the SOU Alumni Association Young Alumni Award in 2016.
“I use my degree and skills learned at SOU every day. I was a resident assistant for one year and a senior resident assistant for two years while there. The teachers, professionals, and students at SOU have made me the woman I am today. The smallness of the campus is what drew me to Ashland. I am so thankful every day for the experience at SOU and the places I have gone thanks to my degree!”