Jess graduated from Vanderbilt University, where she was a two-time All- American Lacrosse Conference member, a two-time IWLCA All-South Region First Team honoree, a two-time Academic All-American, and three-time member of the Southeastern Conference Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. From 2004 to 2008, Jess was a member of the United States National Developmental and Elite team.

Jess joined Check-Hers in 2013 and is on the Board of Directors. Previous coaching experience - Varsity Head Coach at Garrison Forest School, as well as Division I lacrosse at the Ohio University and Loyola University Maryland.