BJ Friedery graduated from Valparaiso University where she majored in social work and English. Her first career was with the Department of Defense as a purchasing agent and contract negotiator in Virginia and South Carolina. While living in Charleston, South Carolina, she joined JWU and began a second career as an admissions representative in Memphis, Tennessee and Birmingham, Alabama. In 1990, BJ moved back to northern Virginia to be closer to her family while continuing her work as an admissions representative. Her favorite hobbies include reading, traveling and fine dining.