Janis is an experienced corporate director, CEO and senior business executive. Janis has deep experience in the technology, higher education, and B2B software and services sectors. Some of her prior board experience includes independent director roles with Captura (sold to Concur), Chili!Soft (sold to Cobalt Networks), Lizard Tech (sold to AT&T), Performant (sold to Mercury Systems), Reality Works, and Tidemark Computer Systems (sold to Accela). As CEO, Janis was on the Pinnacle Publishing and ChiliSoft! boards. She is currently Chairman of the Board for FIRST Washington.
As a community and industry leader, Janis has volunteered tirelessly to help America live true to its values (Humane Society and Junior Achievement), establish Seattle as a high-tech leader (NWEN, Tech Alliance, WBBA, WTIA) and to help make the region’s higher education institutions the most entrepreneurially productive in the country (Bellevue College, Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Seattle University, and the University of Washington).
Janis holds a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in marketing from the University of Iowa. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in psychology and English from Augustana College (Rock Island, Illinois).