San Diego residents Jennifer and Robert Handler are proud parents of Oliverian graduate, Charles B. Handler, Class of 2020! Charles is pursuing a linguistics major at University of Southern California and active in his fraternity and many campus affiliations. Charles’ Oliverian experiences continue to enrich and positively impact his daily life; including enjoying friendships of students he met at Oliverian. Jennifer and Robert are equally proud of Charles’ older sister, Alexis, who’s pursuing a law degree at the University of Miami School of Law and is a graduate of USC Class of 2022 and Charles’ younger brother Andrew, an active high schooler in San Diego who has a goal to be an aero engineer!
Charles’ unparalleled and transformative experience at Oliverian, prepared him for living his life independently and sparked a special bond between the Handlers and Oli Family! Jennifer looks forward to a continued relationship with Oliverian by serving on the board. Jennifer keeps busy with her kids’ affiliations and community volunteerism. She founded and was president of her temple’s women’s group, a choir, and an annual 5K charity walk benefiting cancer research. Prior to having children, Jennifer lived in Santa Monica and Los Angeles where she taught Kindergarten bilingually in English and Spanish. Jennifer received a B.A. in Anthropology from University of California, Los Angeles, travelled internationally on the Semester at Sea program, earned an A.A. at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise and worked in the hotel and garment industry. Jennifer participated in and volunteered in the programs of Landmark Worldwide, an international personal and professional growth, training and development company.
Jennifer loves Zumba dance, clothing design, and has even attempted to create her own fashion line. Some fun facts about Jennifer include her unexpected casting with baby Charles in a Hershey Chocolate bar T.V. commercial. Jennifer made another candid T.V. appearance in a Yoplait yogurt taste test. Jennifer (and Charles’) 15 seconds of fame, royalties, and invitation to join the Screen Actor’s Guild were a real thrill, yet Jennifer didn’t consider giving up her ‘day-job’ to pursue acting. Jennifer much prefers her not-so-glamourous yet fulfilling starring role as mom, as well as being at home with her family!
What do I love most about Oliverian?
“The people! They are genuinely interested in the well-being of the students they serve. Everyone at Oliverian is committed to all students being appreciated for who they are, encouraging them to recognize their self-worth and uniqueness. Oliverian creates a safe and unconditionally loving space for students to embrace who they are, feel connected to one another and discover their purpose and place in the world.”
Jennifer is the proud parent of alumni Charles Handler, Oliverian Class of 2020! Since her son, Charles, graduated, Jennifer enjoys an active and additional meaningful connection with Oliverian serving as the Chairperson for the Faculty & Staff Committee. In this role, as a proud alumni parent, Jennifer continues to share her gratitude for Oliverian faculty and staff by volunteering her time to developing new and unique ways to show the faculty and staff at Oliverian how much the current and past families, alumni, and Board truly appreciate their efforts. Through special desserts at faculty/staff parties to notes of appreciation and everything in between, the committee, under Jennifer’s leadership, truly lets our Faculty & Staff know how much they are cared for and appreciated. If you are a current family, past family, alum, or a friend of Oliverian and wish to assist the Faculty & Staff Committee in their efforts, please reach out to Jennifer at [email protected].