In 1997, Jan fulfilled her dream of moving "up north" to Petoskey which she calls paradise. She has worked in the real estate business since 1998 with Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors where she earned the Coldwell Banker Previews designation for luxury home sales. Jan developed a knowledge of the area from Mackinac Island to Traverse City through her real estate sales experience and her love of boating on the lakes and rivers in northern Michigan. She has also golfed all the courses from the Island south to Gaylord. Her appreciation for the area was further enhanced by her memberships and events she participated in with the Little Traverse Conservancy, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey Audubon and Petoskey Area Garden Clubs. Jan earned a Bachelor of Arts and Masters degrees from Central Michigan University in education and administration. The last seventeen years of her education career was as an elementary principal in Essexville Hampton Schools. In her spare time, Jan enjoys gourmet dining as well as cooking, boating, hiking, golf, travel, and spending time with her family.