Ms. Jennifer McCabe
Board Member, Secretary/Treasurer
Jennifer Ridge McCabe was born and raised in Bay County. She has nearly 30 years of marketing and strategic communication experience in the areas of television, radio, newspaper, magazines, and social media in small and large cities in both the private and government sector. Jennifer has a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunication News from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in Corporate and Public Communication from Florida State University. (Yes, she is a Gator and a Seminole!) She has worked as a television producer, reporter, and anchor in Panama City, Orlando, and Tallahassee. While in Panama City, Jennifer’s “beat” was education, so she spent many hours covering stories featuring Bay District Schools.
Jennifer wanted to expand her efforts beyond the “24-hour news cycle,” so in 2008 she joined Northrup Grumman as a public affairs specialist at Tyndall Air Force Base. A new opportunity presented itself yet again in 2014, when she was recruited to join Applied Research Associates as a senior marketing manager. She assists agencies such as the Federal Highway Administration and state departments of transportation with creation of communication tools-- strategic communication plans, videos, social media campaigns, phone apps, newsletters, magazine articles, and more.
Jennifer is also a teacher assistant at Florida State University Panama City campus. She serves on the board of directors for United Way and Bay Arts Alliance.
Jennifer has three children, two of who graduated from Bay Haven. Marleigh is pursuing a degree in Education at Florida State University; Luke attends Mosley High School and is on the baseball team; and youngest son, Logan, is a student at Bay Haven. Jennifer joined the Haven Board of Directors in 2020.