Stephanie Robbins Forbes is a double Duke, having earned her Bachelor of Science (1992) and Master of Science (1993) in speech-language pathology from JMU. She achieved national certification in speech-language pathology and spent seven post-graduate years as a clinical supervisor and adjunct faculty member in JMU’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Forbes met her husband Jeff at JMU. Jeff is also a double Duke (BBA’90, MBA’92) and the JMU men’s golf coach. They are raising their two daughters in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Their unveiling support for JMU is evidenced by many factors, among which they were founding members of the JMU President’s Council and long-time Duke Club supporters. They never miss an opportunity to share their enthusiasm for JMU with family and friends.

Forbes’ philanthropic spirit is reflected across a broad spectrum. She served two consecutive terms (2010-2016) on the JMU College of Visual and Performing Arts Executive Advisory Council during which she enjoyed working with the Educational Outreach Committee and the Madison Art Collection Committee. She has also served on the Speech and Hearing Association of Virginia Board and chaired two state conferences. Forbes considers herself a professional volunteer at this point, having been involved with numerous local fundraising efforts, including helping organize and chair a local rally for the Cure Golf Tournament for fifteen years. As a devoted full-time mom, Forbes is an active leader in the parent-teacher organization at her daughters' school and has been a Girl Scout troop leader for over a decade. Most recently, she is excited to have facilitated the start of a women’s bible study focused on strong foundations for friendships. 

Forbes believes strong connections to other women are absolutely necessary to help maintain balance and is honored to be a part of Women for Madison.

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