Jillian was born in Keflavik, Iceland and spent her childhood living in many different places. She has lived in Albuquerque since her father retired from the Air Force and settled here in 2004. Jillian completed her undergraduate degree at UNM in May of 2015 with concentrations in communication and cultural studies. In the MA program, Jillian is interested in researching representations of female body image in mass media. Jillian is also a passionate dancer, and she has performed with Ballet Repertory Theater of New Mexico since 2013.