As the Volunteer Initiatives Program Manager, Jan oversees the Service Corps, our skills based volunteer program, and United Way’s Volunteer Impact Partnership, which helps organizations improve the way in which they engage volunteers. She brings over 15 years of experience connecting volunteers to meaningful opportunities in the community and ensuring that both client needs and volunteer expectations are met.
Unbeknownst to Jan, her nonprofit journey really started in college where she found a sense of community organizing outdoor excursions for students. After a few pit stops and a geographic move, she found her next home with Seattle Works where she developed and managed volunteer programs for people in their 20s and 30s. Fast forward another decade and she continues to be inspired by both the woods and helping people find their niche through volunteerism and community.
Jan has enjoyed organizing and participating in a series of team based service trips to the Gulf Coast, Thailand and Peru. Luckily for her, her husband is always the first to say yes when asked to travel and volunteer, so they have enjoyed a sense of global connection and service together. Their current shared projects include raising their small daughter, Ryan, and making sure their sweet pup is able to get outside and play.
Fun fact: Jan once spent a summer camping by herself in Alaska, fueling her trip by driving to town each day to sell Russian Matryoshka dolls.