Short video from Jackie
Jackie was born in Tucson in 1962, where her parents moved to attend graduate school at the University of Arizona shortly after getting married. Her parents were quite adventurous and altruistic, so when she was only 3 months old, the family moved to the middle of the jungle in Sierra Leone to assist a village in building a school. They stayed for 3 years and Jackie’s younger brother was born there.
The family returned to Arizona again for several years, where Jackie enjoyed spending time with grandparents and other family living in Tucson and visiting all the iconic sites around the area. The trailer park where her parents lived as graduate students and the one where her grandparents settled as retirees still stand proudly on Prince Road. Then, when Jackie was six, her parents took a four-year-stint teaching in Ethiopia. When they returned to Tucson, it was only for a year before career needs took over and the family moved to Washington, DC, then Idaho, where Jackie graduated in 1980 from the University of Idaho with a BA English degree.
After graduation, Jackie came briefly to Tucson to earn money to backpack around Europe, working as a cocktail waitress at the Sheraton El Conquistador for six months. She then lived four years in Zambia, teaching English at the International School of Lusaka, then securing a local position at the U.S. Embassy in Lusaka. While at the Embassy, Jackie took and passed the Foreign Service exam. She served as a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State for 25 years, serving in Bangladesh, Argentina, Botswana, Mexico, Uganda, Washington, DC, Ghana and Indonesia.
In her position, she directed the management operations of embassies overseas, supervising Human Resources, Information Systems, Housing, Motorpool, Procurement, Financial Management and Facility Maintenance. As her responsibilities increased with seniority, Jackie managed many hundreds of employees, multi-million dollar budgets and strategic planning for diverse government agencies.
In Botswana, she met and later married her husband,
Don Craig, a Scotland native.
She was accepted into the prestigious National War College program in 2006 and received an MS in National Security Strategy.
Jackie retired in 2013 and moved to The Highlands at Dove Mountain, Marana. Her parents had moved to Marana in 1998 and currently live in Tucson. Since moving to Marana, when not out hiking, Jackie has thrown herself into community involvement. She has noted that she dedicated her energies over her career to helping the employees of the embassies survive and thrive, and once she was on home ground she wanted to do the same for her community.
Now she has broadened her interest to the larger community outside Dove Mountain and seeks to make a positive difference in her town.
Jackie and her husband together have four children and six grandchildren. Three quarters of the clan live in Australia and one daughter and two grandchildren
live in Scotland.
All of the children and several of the grandchildren have made it to the US to visit the wonderful town of Marana. Jackie’s brother and his family are also regular visitors