Jeanette Herbert, First Lady of Utah, was born in Preston, Idaho, and moved with her family as a young child to Springville, Utah. While attending college, she worked as a teller at a local bank, where she met her husband, Governor Gary Herbert.
After they were married, the Herberts settled in Orem, Utah, where Governor Herbert founded Herbert & Associates Realtors. In 1985, Mrs. Herbert began a child care service and preschool, The Kids Connection, which she ran for 23 years.
In addition to her family and business responsibilities, the first lady has been an active member of her community. She served on the Provo-Orem Chamber of Commerce as chair of the Partners in Education Committee. She was also vice chair of the Utah County Bicentennial Committee, and a board member of the Utah Private Child Care Association.
Mrs. Herbert currently serves as honorary chair of Utah Valley University’s Start Something Beautiful Foundation, the University of Utah’s Achievement Rewards for College Scientists, and the Governor’s Commission on Literacy. She is also involved with the Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free Foundation.
The Herberts have been married for 39 years and are the proud parents of six children (three sons and three daughters) and the very proud grandparents of 10 grandchildren. In her free time, the first lady enjoys sewing, decorating, and playing golf. Her favorite activity, however, is spending time with her children and grandchildren, all of whom live in Utah County.