About Jeanette Herbert
Jeanette Herbert, First Lady of Utah, was born in Preston, Idaho, and moved with her family as a young child to Springville, Utah. While attending college, she worked as a teller at a local bank, which is where she met Gary Herbert, her husband of 44 years and the future Governor of the State of Utah.
The two married and settled in Orem, Utah, where Governor Herbert founded Herbert and Associates Realtors. In 1985, Mrs. Herbert opened a commercial child care and preschool, the Kids Connection, which she ran for 23 years.
In addition to her family and business responsibilities, the First Lady has always been an active member of her community. She served on the Provo-Orem Chamber of Commerce, where she was the chairperson of the Partners in Education committee. She was also vice-chairperson of the Utah County Bicentennial Committee, and served as a board member of the Utah Private Child Care Association. In addition, she serves as Honorary Chair of the Child Care Committee at the Utah Refugee Center.
Mrs. Herbert currently serves on the University of Utah's Achievement Rewards for College Scientists and is Honorary Chair of the Governor's Commission on Literacy. The First Lady's new initiative is called Uplift Families. The goal of this initiative is to promote good parenting skills and offer resources to parents throughout the state. She is also involved with the Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free Foundation. She was a recipient of a Utah Women's Leadership Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Utah Women's Leadership Celebration.
The Herberts are the proud parents of six children (three sons and three daughters) and the very proud grandparents of 15 grandchildren.
Mrs. Herbert enjoys sewing and decorating. She also recently took up golf, which she loves. Her favorite activity, however, is spending time with her children and grandchildren, all of whom live in Utah County.