Jessica Karlonas is now a seven-year resident of Williams. Born and raised in Hamilton, MT, Karlonas enjoys Williams’ small town living and friendly atmosphere.
“I moved from Montana my Junior year in High School, 2002, to live with my mom in Santa Rosa. I stayed until I graduated from Ridgeway High in 2004,” Karlonas stated. After graduation, she attended massage therapy school, NHI in Petaluma, where she met her husband, Jeremiah.
“I was in college and met Jeremiah in a local pub in 2006,” said Karlonas, and in 2008, the couple married and lived in Sonoma County.
“We were over in Sonoma County and it was crazy expensive. We then moved to Capay Valley. It was fine for awhile, but once we started our family in 2009, we needed something more convenient, such as stores and schools,” said Karlonas.
Little did Jessica know a simple drive through Williams in 2009 would take her to the place she and her family would call home.
“We just decided to take a drive one day and found our first home in Valley Ranch located in Williams,” she said.
Karlonas has no immediate family in the area, but the town feels like home.
“My in-laws are in Capay Valley, my father in Sacramento, and I have a brother in Rohnert Park,” said Karlonas. She added that she considers her community and fellow friends as her family.
“I just love the small town family feel here in Williams,” she said.
Karlonas remained a stay-at-home mother until the summer of 2015 when she accepted a job as a para-educator at Williams Elementary. She has two girls of her own, one of which attends the second grade at Williams.
Karlonas also volunteers her time as a coach for the Arbuckle Junior Bears cheer squad. “No one had stepped up to coach this great squad of little girls and my oldest daughter really wanted to participate, so I volunteered,” said Karlonas.
Recently, Jessica organized a fundraiser for the Junior Bears as they prepare to compete in Las Vegas. She enjoys any type of crafts, taking pictures of her girls Jadyen and June, and going camping with her family.
“My favorite Williams community event is the Pioneer Days,” said Karlonas. “Williams is home for my family and I. We look forward to spending many years in this great town.” ■