The P.E.O. Record July-August 2022 (public)

GALLERYOF presidents

Janet Brown Florida Thoroughly Modern Daisy—Diversity, Growth, Innovation Janet Brown is a fourth-generation P.E.O., initiated into Chapter AF, Indianapolis, Indiana, during her first year at Cottey College. When she graduated from Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary, and settled in central Florida, Janet transferred to Chapter BQ, Winter Park, where she joined her mother as a BQ sister. She is a second-generation Cottey College alumnae and served on the Cottey Board of Trustees for seven years (2008-2015), two years as chair. Other P.E.O. activities beyond service as an officer in Chapter BQ include serving as vice president of Central Florida Reciprocity Council and as state chair for the P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education. Janet is retired as a partner with the firm BOEHM BROWN HARWOOD, P.A. in Orlando, Florida. She was a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer for 30 years. A member of the Florida Bar, Janet is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Fifth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal and all U.S. District Courts within the State of Florida. She is also a certified circuit mediator for dispute resolution assignments. Janet has served on a number of professional associations and organizations as a board member or officer and has received numerous professional awards and honors. When not working, Janet enjoys travels with family, friends and her Scotties, Jaime and Callie. She is an avid reader and plans to golf more now that she is retired.

Nancy Burk Georgia How Does Your P.E.O. Garden Grow? Nancy Burk, a 1988 Educational Loan Fund recipient, was initiated into Chapter DF, Toledo, Iowa, in 1989, where she served in most chapter offices and committees. An Iowa native, she graduated with a B.A. from Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa. She and her husband, Jack, an art educator, established their home in Toledo, Iowa. Nancy worked at various jobs before pursuing her juris doctorate. She established a solo law practice focusing on family and criminal law. Nancy and Jack retired in 2013 and moved to Georgia. In 2014 she transferred to Chapter BK, Athens. Volunteering on a state steering committee, then the state membership committee, ultimately led to her position on the Georgia State Board. Nancy also volunteers for local government agencies and in her church. Jack and Nancy’s children are Collin, a state corrections officer, who lives with his wife and two sons in Eagle Lake, Minnesota, and Amanda, an artist/printmaker, who lives with her husband and three rescue dogs in Athens, Georgia.

Vera Redman Idaho Be the Light – Shine and Share

Vera Redman grew up in Kettering, Ohio, but moved to Idaho in 1975. She was initiated into Chapter BP, Twin Falls, Idaho, in 1984; she transferred to Chapter D in 1998. Besides serving in almost every chapter office and almost all committees, she served on the Idaho State Membership Committee. She is retired but her work experiences include being a dental assistant/ receptionist, a consultant working with developmentally disabled adults and a preschool director. Community involvement and service are very important to Vera. She is a former school board trustee, having served for nearly 17 years, many as the chair or vice chair. She has served on boards for several community, educational and service groups. She fondly calls herself a professional volunteer. Vera is an Idaho Past Grand Guardian for Job’s Daughters International. She volunteers in her church family, and was on staff for one congregation for 17 years. Vera is married to the love of her life, Mike. He is a retired judge. They have three married daughters and eight grandchildren. Grandma time is very important. She enjoys fun times and laughing with friends over coffee or wine. Reading and pool time in the summer are also on the agenda.


July–August 2022 | THE P.E.O. RECORD


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