Jan has been with Mercyhurst University since 1997 when she started as the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education for the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program. She assumed the role of Program Director in 2002. She achieved promotion to Assistant Professor in 2008 and was appointed Associate Dean for the Zurn College of Natural and Health Sciences in 2020.
Jan received her associate degree in physical therapy from Lehigh County Community College, a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Mercyhurst in 2002 and master’s degree in organizational leadership in 2006.
Jan has been a physical therapist assistant since 1986 and has worked in a variety of physical therapy settings and states, including California, Illinois and Pennsylvania. She has been involved in physical therapy education for more than 30 years, first as a clinical instructor, then as a PTA educator and Clinical Coordinator.
She is actively involved in the profession through several agencies, including the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT), and a regional consortium of physical therapy programs. She has served in a variety of capacities, including consortium treasurer, district secretary, PPTA Practice Act Task Force member, and Practice Committee member.
At a national level, she has served on the APTA Education Awards Committee, and has been a member of several committees and task forces for the FSBPT. She served as Co-Chair of the Exam Development Committee for the Federation from 2017 through 2019. She is a site visitor for the CAPTE and served as a Commissioner from 2015 through 2018, and was reappointed in 2020 for an additional four year term.
In fall 2006, Jan received the Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant award from the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association/PTA Special Interest Group. She also received an Outstanding Service Award from FSBPT in 2016 and the FA Davis Outstanding PTA Educator Award from APTA in 2018.