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JaLynn Rasmussen was born and raised in Heber and Park City, Utah. She received her bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University, and has done graduate studies at American University in arts administration and at Wesley Theological Seminary in theology.
She is married to pathology researcher and Mormon historian Gregory Prince and they have three children. She is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and she has served as Chairperson of the Cultural Arts Committee of the church's Washington D.C. Temple Visitors’ Center. Her nephew Kevin Prince was a starting quarterback at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Prince is founder and president of Times and Seasons, an arts management consulting firm emphasizing the arts, broadcasting, public policies, and public relations. She has served as an instructor at the Johns Hopkins University EverGreen Program. Prince's varied background also included stints as press secretary for a U.S. congressman, radio announcer, theater critic, and producer and director for television and theater. She has produced more than 1500 arts performances. She was named on the Who's Who in Business 2005 list.
Having traveled to approximately 25 countries, Prince documented in still photography issues core to her humanitarian passions: children, education, women's improvement (specifically in regards to microfinance), health care, AIDS prevention and third world development. She studied under National Geographic photographer, Steve McCurry and joined him on a photographic expedition in Rajasthan, India. Her photography has been viewed at the United Nations, Manhattan's Jewish Museum in New York, and at universities across the country.
Prince has spent considerable time fundraising for children's hospitals, homeless shelters and arts organizations. She currently serves on the Operation Kids Advisory Board, Johns Hopkins School of Education Advisory Board, Southern Virginia University - National Advisory Council, National Philharmonic Board, and is the Founder and Chairman of the Board at the Madison House Foundation. Formerly, Prince has served on several boards including BlackRock Center for the Arts, Resource for Advancing Children's Health (REACH), Building Advisory Council at Wesley Theological Seminary, the Arts Gala Board for Montgomery College, Museum of Utah Arts & History board, the Washington Society of the Archeological Institute of America, the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Academy of Religion, Brigham Young University Management Society, American Mothers Inc., and Rising Star Outreach, an organization dealing with issues surrounding the leprosy afflicted population in southern India. Prince is a supporter of the Children's Arts Festival in Washington D.C. and sponsors "Salon" events in the D.C. area. Prince is professionally affiliated with the Royal Society of Medicine, Women of Washington, the Old Main Society of Utah State University, and the Junior League of Washington.
American Mothers award
Prince's work rose to the national spotlight in 1999 when she was selected by the congressionally recognized American Mothers, Inc. and named National Young Mother of the Year for Maryland in 1999. She spent her tenure as a motivational speaker addressing issues facing families with children with disabilities, addressing numerous national and international audiences. Prince also served four years on their national board. She was also awarded Woman of the Year from the Women's Office at Brigham Young University.
Madison House Foundation
In 2009, Prince and her husband established the Madison House Foundation, named after their youngest son who is autistic, for the purpose of addressing the perplexing issues facing individuals with autism as they transition to adulthood, along with those issues facing family members, caregivers and society at large. Prince serves as President of the foundation.
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