has been associated with 4-H since the age of 10. In 1958-59 she served as an Iowa State 4-H officer and was active in the Iowa State University Collegiate 4-H Club. She become a county Extension Home Economist after college graduation, and later worked with a rural youth program in Uruguay for four years. She has served in WSU Extension for the past 30 years.
As a Washington State 4-H Youth Development Specialist, Jan has provided leadership to the Food & Nutrition and Clothing & Textiles projects, as well as the WSU Extension Volunteer Development program. She was part of the team that envisioned the Washington 4-H Council; she provided leadership and direction for the State 4-H Forum, and was a key player in the early organization of the 4-H Advisory Board. Through Jan’s leadership, Washington State developed and implemented the first volunteer screening system in the nation. She was also instrumental in the development of a program to train volunteers as “middle managers” to enhance the outreach of 4-H programs.
Jan has received numerous state, regional and national awards due to her commitment to excellence and dedicated work. She has received National Association of Extension 4-H Agents awards for Excellence in Teamwork, Meritorious Service, Communication Educational Technology, Distinguished Service, and Western Regional Communicator; USDA awards for Meritorious Service and 4-H Centennial Program of Excellence; WSU Extension Hall of Champions Excellence Award, and WSU College of Ag Human and Natural Resources Faculty Award for Excellence in Extension.
Jan has been involved in community programs involving her two children; she has served on committees for the Simpson United Methodist Church, Community Action Center and United Way, and she has been involved in the American Association of University Women.
Jan’s values, life choices, and her personal and professional life are the embodiment of the 4-H Pledge.