Noelle Jacobs just returned from a deployment in the Middle East, something she does once or twice a year as an Instructor Pilot with the 185th Air Refueling Wing, part of the Iowa Air National Guard based in Sioux City.
Now she’s getting ready to serve a different way, as the newest member of the Elk Point-Jefferson School Board. She’s replacing Chuck Donnelly, who is retiring after nine years on the board. Her background with the numbers will come in handy, as Donnelly chaired the budget committee for the board.
Jacobs earned an accounting degree from the University of South Dakota and worked several years as an auditor in Omaha.
“It was a lucative career,” she said, “but every week was the busy season.”
She had been part of the 185th for several years and felt drawn more to the work she could do as a Guardsman. She left accounting and has been with the Guard ever since.
She and her husband, Dave, were looking to move from Omaha. They were high school sweethearts in Correctionville, IA, a town of about 800 an hour east of Sioux City.
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