Jan earned a B.A. in English, and has received awards for photography and painting. She also has authored numerous articles and two books, and is a member of the MDA National Task Force on Public Awareness. Jan was named the 2001 MDA National Personal Achievement Award recipient. This painting was created after Jan, herself a former fire fighter, saw a photo taken through a window showing fire fighters working through the rubble at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. Creating this beautiful artwork helped her with her own healing following the tragic event.