Janet has been a sought out member of many professional organizations serving on the Programs, Insurance and other Committees of The American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and has regularly been asked to present papers on cutting edge insurance, leasing, ground leasing and ethics topics for real estate lawyers. She has been a founding member of advisory board for The John Marshall Law School’s Center for Real Estate, one of the first law schools in the country offering an LLM in commercial real estate transactions for practicing lawyers, and has taught the Commercial Real Estate Transactions course in the program and presented programs on ethics and other topics pertinent to real estate lawyers for the Center.
Janet also invests her time and experience into local and national nonprofit organizations close to her heart. She currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Lutheran Church –Missouri Synod (LCMS) National Housing Support Corporation in St. Louis. Closer to home, she has represented a community/church-based nonprofit in building and renovating affordable homes in the Chicago North Kenwood Oakland neighborhood and represents a locally-based nonprofit that provides services to victims of domestic violence in acquiring and rehabilitating an apartment building for use as transitional housing for its clients.
As a member of a board, she uses her experience in strategic thinking and planning and board governance to assist the organizations in furthering their missions.
She currently serves as President of The LCMS Housing Support Corporation, based in St. Louis, Missouri, and as Immediate Past President of the Board of CREW Chicago, a member chapter of the CREW Network, an organization of over 9,000 women engaged in all of the professions associated with the commercial real estate industry. Prior to serving as President of CREW Chicago, Janet served on the Board and in other capacities for CREW Chicago.
Over the years she has also served other Boards in the following capacities:
- Secretary, Board of Regents, Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana (2007-2013).
- Vice Chair (six years) and Member (12 years), Board of Directors, The Lutheran Church Extension Fund – Missouri Synod, a $1.8 billion fund that makes loans to congregations, high schools, colleges, universities, seminaries and other service organizations affiliated with LCMS.
- Member, Board of Directors, Northern Illinois District of the LCMS (9 years)
- Member, Board of Trustees, Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois (12 years)