Jenny Tobias Rouchka was born in North Dakota, but moved to Kentucky at age four when her parents joined the Army. She always knew she would be a doctor, announcing at a young age “I want to be a cardiovascular surgeon.” At age ten, she started volunteering at the VA hospital alongside her mother and continued through her years at DuPont Manual High School. She earned her degree in Biology and Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, where she also had the opportunity to meet Pope John Paul II through her involvement in the papal mass. She returned home for medical school and graduated cum laude from the University of Louisville. Jenny currently works as a primary care physician at the Newburg Clinic with the Robley Rex VA Hospital, and has the privilege and honor to care for our nation’s veterans.
Jenny believes strongly that her life’s work is in service to others. She is very active in the St. Margaret Mary Parish community. Last March, she helped organize the Helping Hands event that made over 44,000 meals for those hungry in Africa. She has led several retreats and has a passion for children’s faith formation, having taught Sunday School for many years. As a child at heart, Jenny looks forward to dancing and singing with Vacation Bible School every year. Jenny has also coached her sons’ cross country team and can be seen cheering on her fellow BAMRs (Bad Ass Mother Runners) in Louisville Moms Runs this Town (MRTT), a running community of moms dedicated to fellowship and fitness. She loves running as it is a celebration of the gift of good health.
If she could start a group called Moms Dance this Town, she would, since dancing is her first true love. She has been dancing (like no one is watching) her whole life and even had a small part in the Louisville Ballet’s Nutcracker. After college, she joined the swing dance craze which led her to meeting her husband. Last October, she surprised her mother at her 80th birthday party by directing her sons and nieces in a Filipino folk dance. She has the most fun dancing free style and celebrated turning 40 with a dance party and an organized flash mob.
Jenny is very excited to participate in Let’s Dance Louisville since it combines her passion of serving others and dancing! The Cathedral of the Assumption was her home parish growing up and later where she married her favorite dance partner. She is honored to contribute to the good works of the Feed My Neighbor Program and the Sandefur Dining Room. She would like to dedicate her dance to her friends and family who have supported her on this amazing adventure. Can we get a woot, woot?
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