Jan graduated from Webster University in Business Administration with honors with a major in Finance. She started her financial career in 1975 with Goldman Sachs in St. Louis and moved to Newhard, Cook and Company in 1977. Jan worked with two additional brokerage firms before ending her career as a Vice President and portfolio buyer for U.S. Bank in St. Louis, MO and retiring in 2009.
Jan is married and has two stepchildren, three grandchildren and six four-legged children. Two of the four-legged children, Labrador Retrievers, are utilized in search and rescue for human remains detection. They are my fourth and fifth SAR canines. The other four, two Brittany's and two Flat Coats, have been trained by her husband, Ted, to retrieve birds. Jan is currently certified in human remains detection land, water and disaster.
She has served on the Board of Directors of Gateway Search Dogs for 20 years as the Secretary, Vice President and now as the President. She can bring her leadership skills to NSDA at this time. Additionally, she served as an NSDA Board member for seven years and was able to assist with current policies and procedures.