Jessica Roueche was hired as the Director of Global Community Leadership (GCL) in April 2023 after working at Utah State University for seven years. Jessica started her journey with Youthlinc as a Humanitarian joining the Peru 2011-2012 team with Britnie Powell. After her first year with Youthlinc, she fell in love with the organization and connecting to communities. Jessica continued volunteering each year after the 2012 Peru trip and has participated in Service Year programs to Peru, Vietnam, Kenya, Guatemala, and Costa Rica. Jessica participated in the first GCL launch in 2017 with Utah State University and has team led GCL programs as an adjunct professor to Cambodia, Kenya, and India. 

Jessica has a bachelor’s degree in Health Education, a Master’s degree in International Development, and a Doctorate’s degree in Educational Leadership. She is a licensed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and volunteered for seven years as an EMT in San Juan County, Utah. Jessica is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and is a certified Breathwork Practitioner. Needless to say, you might agree that Jessica likes to learn…a lot. 

Jessica currently teaches at Utah State University as an adjunct professor in the Kinesiology and Health Science Department and has her own breathwork business called Becoming My Bestfriend (

Jessica loves to read, spend time with her husband and their two fur babies (dogs), and connect to nature through hiking, hunting, or collecting herbs. She loves to travel and enjoys a wide range of music genres. Jessica plays slow pitch softball twice a week for six months out of the year.