As Buzz Around, LLC managing and founding partner, Jacquelyn works toward sustainable bridge -building community empowerment through the sharing of good news. Jacquelyn is extremely grateful to the many who have supported the Buzz Around vision ~ from early launch with Theresa & Sharon; to the partners that gave us our first lift; to the team that came together while she completed her masters degree in Interfaith Leadership; the Buzz Around has always been a group effort.
The 6th of 9 children of Rose and Ron Buck, spending formative years of the 1970’s in West Newton and North Easton, MA; Jacquelyn learned frugality and social activism. Her parents both freaking brilliant, opinionated and inventive: her mother creative and spiritual; her father industrious and adventurous; Jacquelyn’s childhood was full of sparks and light, as she and her siblings tumbled through. Taking her mother’s name as a surname is a tribute to the fortitude Rose Eileen Freitas Buck exhibited throughout her lifetime. Jacquelyn is grateful to both parents for raising her with feminist attitudes and believing in her.
Through a series of choices, some a result of untreated anxiety and difficulty facing personal loss, pain, and isolation; Jacquelyn spent 14 years living and raising four children for under $30,000 a year. The BuzzAround is the product of the lessons she learned while navigating her way to her best and most authentic life.
Jacquelyn holds a MA of Theology with a concentration in Inter-religious Leadership and Communication from Andover Newton Theological School and a BA English/ Communication Arts from Emmanuel College, Boston. Jacquelyn obtained her theology degree as a result of her work with the Buzz Around. After spending years connecting people and celebrating our civic and spiritual life she went back to school to better understand the place of religion in public discourse. Traditionally, religious communities have been fundamental in creating social change (think ML King), and Jacquelyn wanted to make sure Buzz Around’s concept of “everyone in the sandbox together” applied to faith traditions and cultures that mix in a community. Jacquelyn found there IS a model for interfaith where a person can stand squarely in their own beliefs AND be inquisitive, compassionate, and respectful toward another. She is excited at the community building initiatives and possibilities that the Buzz Around fosters through it’s positive message, and anticipates a world where we greet each other with compassion, respect and love; regardless of culture, color or orientation.
Other activities; Jacquelyn has served the EB Business Association for 9 years , and is a past President. She is a Level 3 Reiki Practitioner, a member of Union Congregational Church, EB and serves on the Board of Directors for Musical Philosophy, Inc & HUGS, Inc. She has four grown sons, 2 granddaughters, a multitude of extended family and wakes up each morning to the unbounding love of Lilly the wonderdog.