My name is Jillian Catherine Roels, and I am from Redmond, Washington. I graduated from Gonzaga University in May 2016 with a degree in Sociology and Psychology, and I now use my education every day as a Pediatric Mental Health Specialist at Seattle Children's Hospital in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit. My long-term career goal is to become a Certified Child Life Specialist, working in all units of the hospital to help patients understand their diagnoses and make the hospital experience for patients and families more therapeutic.

Outside of work, I love spending time with my family and serving others through Spark Your Heart. I am also your reigning Miss Puget Sound 2018 and am keeping busy with appearances and preparation for Miss Washington, a preliminary to the Miss America competition, on June 29th and 30th! I am honored to be a part of the Miss America Organization, which helps empower women as one of the nation's leading achievement programs for young women. The crown has four points, which symbolize service, style, scholarship, and success, each one playing a crucial part in my own life. You can follow my journey on Instagram and Facebook by searching for Miss Puget Sound WA.

I have always had a passion for serving others, and grew up with the example of my mother who owned her own nonprofit organization. Witnessing the difference she made in the lives of others had a profound impact on me and taught me lessons of kindness and compassion for others. I feel that I fulfill my purpose when I use my abilities to help and give to others. Spark Your Heart allows me to fulfill my passion and purpose through different outlets while inspiring others to join me in my efforts. I frequently hear people say that they would like to be involved in service, but are not sure how or where to start. Spark Your Heart bridges the gap between those wanting to make a difference, and the organizations and opportunities by which they can do so. My goal is to inspire others to be the change and "spark a difference" in their communities. I want to help every individual recognize their potential to help and give to others, as well as find their purpose through service. Even the smallest act of kindness can spark a huge difference. To join me in my efforts or to suggest a service idea you would like to carryout, please visit the "Contact Us" link and send me a message!


Jillian Roels