Jacki was born and raised in La Verne. She eventually went to Bonita High School where she played softball and volleyball. During her time playing softball with the Bearcats, she was named all-valley three times in addition to being a four-time all-league honoree. In 2010, she was chosen as Bonita's Female Scholar Athlete of the Year. Upon graduation in 2010, she attended San Diego State University, where she would eventually try out for the softball team and joined them in the 2012 season. There, she was fortunate enough to play under Head Coach Kathy Van Wyk and Assistant Head Coach Stacey Nuveman-Deniz, a 3-time Olympian and fellow La Verne native. In her four years with the Aztecs, they won the Mountain West Championship in 2012, 2013, and 2014 and earned four bids to the NCAA post-season tournament. Jacki graduated from SDSU in May of 2015 and is currently getting her teaching credential at Cal State Fullerton.