Born and raised in Vermont, she was fortunate to make connections with nature at a young age through her experiences hiking the Long Trail, fishing, camping and cross country skiing with her family. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Southern New Hampshire University where she earned a M.S. in Community Economic Development, Jude has spent most of the past 20 years working in the nonprofit sector with a commitment to building community. Still an avid lover of the outdoors and nature, Jude enjoys beekeeping, gardening, raising chickens, hiking, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Jim, have made their home in the Lakes Region since 2000 and currently live in Meredith with their two children.