Although born and raised in “small-town” Midwest, Jane has led anything but a small-town life. She earned her BA in history and English from Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) where she also worked for the chairman of History Department. She taught History and English in Jackson, Kentucky before attending earning an MA in History at the University of Miami. After another history teaching stint back in the Midwest, she returned to EKU to become curator of the J. T. Dorris Museum. She returned to Jackson, Kentucky when she married where, with the help of the high school art teacher, designed and created the Breathitt County Museum
She and her husband eventually moved to Bonita Springs, Florida where she served for a time as president of the Bonita Springs Historical Society and started volunteering at Koreshan, then called Koreshan State Historical Site. After her mother and husband passed, she moved to Glen Alpine, North Carolina where she bought and operated a bed and breakfast.
In her retirement, she moved to Morganton, North Carolina where she volunteered at an archeology site and helped with the cleaning and logging of the artifacts and “4th grade Archeology Day” at the native village in one of the parks. She later moved to St. Louis, Missouri, to live with her grandson and help raise his daughter.
When he remarried, she returned to volunteering and sold (nearly) everything, bought a small Sprinter RV and Fiat to tow it, returned to Florida and started volunteering at Koreshan State Park and Myakka River State Park
where she is researching the history of the CCC camps that created the park
, working in the visitor center, and is a “story teller.”
To celebrate the coming of the Koreshans to Estero, Jane organized the first Ghost Walk in 1994 and wrote the skit. She based it on the Ghost Walks in Richmond, Kentucky at the historic home of the Abolitionist Cassius Marcellus Clay. According to Jane, "It (the skit) might have been crude, but it was used for years!" Jane also wrote the first guest booklet, researching it on her own, years before the state had the Koreshan archives.
Jane loves the volunteering life and, in the off-season, visiting family and friends and exploring new places.