, Colorado , United States
Oct 29, 2006 11:06am
|Info||Janet graduated from high school in Washington State at the age of 16. She went on to attend Northwest University in Kirkland, WA and in 1984, just weeks after graduating she moved to Grand Junction, CO, where she has spent her entire adult life. |
Not long after settling in Grand Junction, Janet met her husband Lance. They were married in 1985 and had a son in 1986. Janet taught piano lessons from home which allowed her to be a stay-at-home mom until her son and step-daughter were both in school. She then went on to earn a Masters Degree in Counseling in 1992 and opened a private practice as a family therapist working primarily with women and children.
Through her work with children--some of whom had been victims of abuse and neglect--her passion in this area grew and in 1995 she went to work for the Mesa County Department of Human Services in child protection, investigating allegations of abuse and neglect. After witnessing the horrors of child abuse in a very personal way, Janet was led to co-found a non-profit organization called "Strong Families, Safe Kids" in 2000 to help prevent child abuse from ever happening in the first place. She served as President of the Board until 2004.
During her 10 years at Human Services, Janet found creative ways to achieve common-sense solutions, including developing the department's first volunteer initiative. During her time as Director of the Volunteer Program, Janet developed approaches such as free after school programs for latchkey kids and assistance for the elderly so they can enjoy a better quality of life by staying in their own homes longer. Janet's focus is always on helping individuals and families to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency and decrease their dependence on government assistance.
A natural leader, Janet decided to run for Mesa County Commissioner in 2004 and won with 67% of the vote.
Janet's efforts as county commissioner have ranged from human services and criminal justice issues to transportation and planning, as well as land use issues. She currently chairs the Community Planning Process in Mesa County to mitigate potential impacts from natural gas drilling in BLM-leased parcels on the local watershed.
She was recently appointed by Attorney General John Suthers to the newly formed State Meth Task Force and she is co-chair of the Mesa County Meth Task Force. Mesa County has developed a model in this area that has received state and national attention.
Throughout Janet's 12 years of work in local government, she has developed a strong understanding of the issues that are critical to local communities and has insights into how state agencies can work more cooperatively with local government.
Janet Rowland's real-world experience has given her a heart for children and a passion for families. Janet understands the challenges families face--from educating their children, to affording good healthcare, to protecting our quality of life in Colorado.