Jennie is a mother of two teen boys and currently lives in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She graduated from William Carey University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1998. She is the Student Service Coordinator for the Hattiesburg High School Career and Technical Education Department. Jennie Noonkester majored in history and religion as well as minoring in English. Most of her religious studies focused on Biblical archaeology. Ms. Noonkester researched the Choctaw culture for "Zula" so that she could connect to her forgotten Choctaw heritage.