Jerry “J.J.” Mink
J.J. and her family moved to Poway from Alexandria, Virginia, 24 years ago. While back east, she and her husband, Ken, were active golfing members of the Mount Vernon Country Club, serving on the Board of Directors. Ken worked for the family owned rug business. Their business grew to 80+ stores during the early ’90s. Eventually, after multiple store closings and mergers, Macys took over the Federated Department Store conglomerate, and the rug business expanded. Ken and his two brothers own and operate the rug galleries in 178 Macy stores, employing 100+ managers and dedicated rug specialists.
J.J. has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from Mary Baldwin College (now University) in Staunton, Virginia. After college, she spent a year as a Resident Apprentice in Theatre Management at the Virginia Museum Theatre in Richmond, Virginia. The following year, she was hired as the House Manager for the equity theatre.
After Ken and J.J. were married, they lived first in New Carrollton, Maryland, before their move to Alexandria in 1984. In those early years, when she wasn’t chasing after two toddlers, she volunteered her time, both on and off stage, at the local community theatre.
Since living in Poway, J.J. has held numerous part time and volunteer leadership positions and has actively taken part in workshops and classes to further her interests. She is an active member of the local chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) and a member of the RB Community Presbyterian church. She took classes in event planning at UCSD, participated in the Poway Community Leadership Institute (PCLI) sponsored by the City, and currently serves as a founder and director of the South Coast Golf League. Prior to coming to Poway OnStage, she was elected to the Board of Directors at the Bernardo Heights Country Club, where she served for 6 years. In that position, she chaired the Social, House and Membership Committees. During her last two years on the board, she was elected by her peers to serve as president.
J.J. is proud to serve on the Poway OnStage board, as it combines two of her interests: artistic performance and volunteer service. An enterprise like a performing arts center can only enhance a “community oriented” city like Poway, motivating residents to take part in its success.