Jan received her Master’s in Career and Adult Education from Northern Illinois University (1980) after having received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Northwestern University (1975). Jan began her 40-year career as a middle school teacher with Leland Community School District #1, in rural Illinois, (1975-1979) and then moved on to School/Business Partnership Manager positions with nonprofits in Illinois (1979 – 1981) and in California (1981-1985).
Jan’s technology experience includes Sears Technology Services Data Network Services Marketing Representative (1985-1992) and K-12 Educational Technology Sales Consultant (1993-1998). Jan served as the Regional Director of the California Technology Assistance Project (CTAP), from 1998 -2002, where she managed the implementation of technology in several hundred schools and school districts in the Greater Silicon Valley area.
From 2003 – 2015, Jan was Program Director of the nonprofit MOUSE Squad Student Tech Leadership. Jan was responsible for overall operations, fiscal and personnel management, business development and identification of schools. Special effort was made to recruit underserved and female students into the program.
In 2015, Jan retired from her career in education and nonprofit management. She is active on the boards and committees of various educational nonprofits, including CA League of Middle Schools (CLMS) and Computer Using Educators (CUE). Jan is also active in the San Francisco Bay Area Northwestern University Alumni Admissions Council (NUAAC), Full Circle Fund (FCF), and Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2).