Jennie Maria Garelli strives to be the best that she can be in all aspects of her life. “You have to perform at a consistently higher level than others. That’s the mark of a true professional,” a quote by the late Joe Paterno, inspires her. She looks up people who consistently demonstrate excellence. She also believes people are destined to do great things.
As a client communication specialist in the account management department at TMG Health Inc., she says, “Health care is an ever-evolving field, which makes it complex at times. But working for a company like TMG Health, one that is dedicated to being a trusted partner helping clients navigate and overcome the complexities, is enriching,” she says.
She has developed the knowledge, skills, values and discipline she requires to succeed in her career, and being a Penn State alumni has been a driving force in her success. “I felt so prepared when I graduated and I was able to identify my true passion and to understand what motivates me. Helping others has always been the dominant motivator in my life, and I want to return my good fortune whenever possible,” she explains.
She advises others to “get involved, because you never know who you may meet, who may inspire you or who will help you reach your full potential.” Also, she says, be known for consistency, for being a team player and for having a strong work ethic. “Embrace all opportunities and seek out those opportunities for professional development. Oh, and have fun!”
Garelli is motivated by seeing others connect, communicate and support each other, and that is why she is proud to say she is the president of POWER! Scranton. “Watching our members come together each month to network and help each other out where they can truly inspires me,” she says.
She says her parents are “exceptional people who give the best advice.” She also considers several faculty and friends at Penn State as mentors, with one in particular who recognized her passion for writing and interest in health care and from whom she continues to learn. In addition to her great parents she is also inspired by her siblings.
In the future, she would like further her communication skills and earn a master’s degree in communication, then one day to showcase and publish some of her writings both fiction and non-fiction.