Jane holds a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. She has been interested in senior living throughout her entire career. Her thesis was based upon the Fuggerei, a 500 year old social community serving predominantly seniors in Augsburg, Germany. The Fuggerei is still operational today and provides an excellent example of true sustainability!
Jane has over 20 years of experience in programming, architecture, interior design, and operational consulting for senior living, residential, and healthcare projects. Jane is the former VP of Design for Erickson Retirement Communities, which, during her employ, developed Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) in Maryland and Michigan. From her experience working in development, she realized that there was a wide gap between operations, user needs, and design. Under Jane’s direction the design department set out to close that gap by designing fully functioning spaces to better serve residents and staff.
This philosophy of “filling the gaps” as a premise of good design led to the establishment of JSR Associates, Inc., Jane being the founding principal. The practice focuses predominantly on senior living and healthcare consulting. The integration of healthcare models and operations with the designed environment is one of JSR’s criteria for achieving successful projects and positive resident outcomes. By staying up to date on current regulations, trends, technology, and research, Jane provides the knowledge required to provide appropriate environments that support culture change and person-centered care models.
Jane and the JSR team have become implementers of innovation within the senior living and healthcare marketplace. Providing form to processes for clients takes innovation and trends and turns them into reality based upon a client’s specific needs. Vision and mission are very important, but once in place the implementation is what changes lives; improving quality of life and outcomes for residents, families, and staff.
Certifications & Recognition
Jane holds the following certifications:
- American College of Healthcare Architects
- Certified Healthcare Interior Designer
- LEED® Accredited Professional
- Green Building Initiative™ third party assessor for Green Globes® Continual Improvement for Existing Buildings (CIEB)
- for both commercial and healthcare buildings.
- Fellow in the International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
- IIDA Distinguished Achievement Award
- Nightingale Award Recipient
- Long Term Living & Healthcare Design Magazine Product Award winner for the patented Access Table
Education & Presentations
Jane speaks internationally on healthcare, senior living, healing environments, product development for seniors, evidence based design, and the application of sustainable care models within healthcare and senior living settings. Jane regularly presents at the Healthcare Design Conference, Environments for Aging Conference, NEOCON, Leading Age and ASHE/PDC Conference. In addition to national conferences, Jane also presents for state governments, local AIA and IIDA conferences and provides webinars with Vendome. She also sits on the faculty for the Health Guidelines Revision Committee, providing training and education on the 2010 Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities. Jane is available to make presentations on culture change processes, sustainability, and senior living trends for clients and their integrated teams.
Jane has volunteered for many different organizations to further research, sustainability, culture change guidelines, and providing the promotion of person-centered care models that support Aging in Community. She volunteers with the following organizations:
- Environmental Standards Council, which is part of The Center for Health Design.
- Juror for the AIA Design for Aging jury for the 8th Cycle and contributing author and post-occupancy evaluator for Design for Aging Post-Occupancy Evaluations published by The American Institute of Architects’ AIA Design for Aging Knowledge Community.
- Health Guidelines Revision Committee (HGRC) for the 2014 cycle of the Guidelines for Design and Construction of Healthcare Facilities with a primary focus on Long Term Care, Environment of Care, Sustainability and Architectural Details, Surfaces and Furnishings sections. For the 2014 cycle, Jane is a chair for a new volume under development; Guidelines for Design and Construction of Residential Health, Care and Support Facilities.
- Pioneer Network Workgroup for changing NFPA regulations in support of culture change for the 2015 cycle. Group leader of the Materials and Resources subgroup for the development of the ASHRAE Standard 189.3 – Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Healthcare Buildings.
- Committee chair and primary author of the Senior Living Sustainability Guide® available for free download at www.withseniorsinmind.org.
- Technical committee for The Green Building Initiative™, including input on the Green Globes® CIEB for Healthcare module and the Guiding Principles Assessment Tool.
- Former member of the Research Council (formerly the Coalition of Health Environments Research), part of The Center for Health Design.
- Former Healthcare Forum Director and Vice President of Forums for the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). As VP she worked with the specialty forums to create a program called “A Day in the Life of Joe: Impact of Design on the Older Person.” This program was presented nationally and was the keynote presentation for a Conference on Aging in Seoul, Korea. Lifetime Board Member for The Children’s Home in Catonsville, Maryland. She has been “Ma” to two young women, who became residents of The Children’s Home at the age of 13. They are both in their 30s and living in the Baltimore area. Jane is now a “Grand-Ma” to Lashay, who is Tyhesheia’s daughter.
- Provided mentoring for youths participating in a mission group for the renovation of housing for the homeless.
- Participated in Christmas in April programs in Maryland
- Participated in three “Blitz Builds” for Habitat for Humanity in Louisiana. One build included working with students from LSU, who designed, worked with the Habitat clients, and built their proposed design for a family living in Baton Rouge.
Jane is approaching her 9th wedding anniversary with her husband, Patrick. Their wedding was a masquerade ball, there 5th anniversary was a pirate costume party on a boat; so the 10th year is in the planning mode to come up with another great theme! Jane and her husband are avid sailors and both crewed and placed 2nd in Cape Cod’s Corsair Trimaran Nationals Regatta in August, 2008. They participated in the Corsair Trimaran Nationals in Pensacola, Florida in April of 2011 and will be racing in the Nationals on the Chesapeake Bay being held in July of 2012 in conjunction with the Solomon’s race. Jane and Patrick live in a historical community and are in the process of renovating their home!