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Jeanette Herbert, First Lady of Utah, was born in Preston, Idaho, and moved with her family as a young child to Springville, Utah. The First Lady graduated from Springville High and while attending college, she worked part-time as a teller at a local bank. That is where she met Gary Herbert, her husband of 43 years and the 17th 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. For 13 years, she also operated K.C. Kids’ Club, an hourly drop-in center. 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 2003 Mrs. Herbert was named Businesswoman of the Year by the Provo-Orem Chamber of Commerce. In 2009 she received the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce “Woman Making a Difference” Award. 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. She serves on the Governor’s Mansion Foundation Board, Governor’s Artist Series Board and is also involved with the Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free Foundation.

The First Lady’s initiative is called Uplift Families. The goal of this initiative is to promote good parenting skills, strengthen families, and offer resources to parents throughout the state. The Herberts are the proud parents of six children (three sons and three daughters) and the very proud grandparents of 15 grandchildren, with more to come. 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.

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