Jera received a BFA in Jewelry & Metalsmithing from Edinboro University in 2012. Since graduating, she has worked at Peters Valley Craft Center in NJ as a metals studio assistant and at Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Maine as a Summer Staff Assistant. In 2014-2015 Jera was selected as a resident artist at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. The experience of working with such noted institutions in a way that helped to facilitate individuals' experiences in craft has been integral to her growth as an artist. Throughout these work experiences Jera has maintained her studio practice creating production and one of a kind jewelry pieces. Jera currently maintains a full time studio practice in Northwest Pennsylvania.