Jennifer Wolfe Grenier
Dr. Jennifer Wolfe Grenier graduated from Millikin with a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2002. After earning an MSN from Lewis University in 2012, Grenier went on to complete a doctorate in systems leadership from Rush University, with a focus on decreasing workplace bullying and incivility. She has presented at several organizations across the state on her DNP work.
Grenier has worked with the Rush University Medical Center System for 18 years. She has experience in medical-surgical, surgical ICU, liver transplant, telemetry, and is currently the director of the acute inpatient rehab hospital and the medical surgical unit at Rush University Medical Center.
In December 2015, Grenier started the Surplus Project in an effort to decrease food insecurity across the state of Illinois by packaging surplus food from hospital cafeterias and donating it to local homeless shelters. In 2016, she was awarded a $50,000 grant to expand her efforts in the Chicagoland area. The Surplus Project has grown to 10 organizations and has prepared more than 50,000 meals over the last three years. Phase Two of the project, “Food is Medicine,” will provide patients a month’s worth of food upon discharge from the hospital.
Named a 2015 “40 under 40 Emerging Nurse Leader” by the Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders (IONL), Grenier was also the recipient of the 2017 Community Effort Award from the IONL in recognition of her work with the Surplus Project. She was recently elected president of the IONL.
Grenier lives in the Chicagoland area with her husband, Scott, and two daughters: Julia, 12, and Abbi, 9. She enjoys watching and coaching her daughters in softball and basketball and giving back to her community.