Jennifer Nelson Smid, consultant

A runner, oboist, and childhood handbell chorister, Jennifer recalls a formative summer studying abroad in Metz, visiting concert halls, and taking the Sound of Music tour in Austria (presumably on a weekend), while considering how to apply her imminent degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech.

Things snapped into focus when she signed up for a recording and mixing class that happened to coincide with a renovation of the school’s recording studio - unfortunate timing for the class, but a great window into the world of buildings and sound. Thinking quickly, she negotiated her way out of statics and into acoustics for her final engineering course. A brief stint at an aerospace firm in Florida presented a contrast and gave her time to reflect. Now with a glint in her eye, it was on to the University of Florida for a Master of Science in Acoustics. Her thesis compared four neonatal intensive care units with differing approaches to noise control - research she presented at the 2012 Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in Hong Kong.

After a year at Cerami & Associates in New York, helping a wealthy and densely-packed clientele live together in peace, she came to Threshold bringing her considerable intellect along with her zeal for Broadway - she is the only one of us who can claim to have put something into orbit and who has also seen the Book of Mormon, Mary Poppins, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, all from the front row.