The New Jersey State Organization welcomes Northeast Regional Director Jane Tanner as our International guest at this year’s New Jersey State Convention. Jane is from central New York, having lived there her entire life. She received her AB in mathematics from Cornell University, her MS in education (secondary mathematics) from the State University of New York at Oswego and she has completed many hours of graduate work at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry and UCLA Extension. Jane taught middle and high school mathematics for four years before heading to Onondaga Community College, part of the State University of New York (SUNY), to teach computer information systems and mathematics. She served as a faculty member there for 36 years, having retired as professor emerita in 2018.
Jane has been married to her husband, Andy, for 17 years. For six months each year, they live in a log cabin in NY that he designed and built. This has served as home for her two stepchildren, Stephanie and Casey, who in turn have made her a grandma to four grandchildren: Audriana (6), Casey Jr. (5), Grayson (3) and Shelby (2). The other six months of the year are spent in Florida, where winters are much kinder than in central New York.
In 1969, Jane’s aunt became a charter member of NY’s Beta Kappa Chapter. Growing up, Jane heard a lot about DKG and became a member of that chapter in 1991. She has served this chapter as recording secretary, webmaster, and president as well as chairing numerous committees. Currently, she is a member of Chi Chapter, which meets annually with Ontario’s Nu Chapter.
At the (NY) state level, she has served as executive secretary, treasurer and president as well as treasurer and vice-chair of the state foundation. Currently, she is a member of the Gladys L. Mersereau Grants-in-Aid Committee and the State Achievement Award Committee. Jane received this award in 2005.
Internationally, Jane has been to every DKG Northeast Regional Conference and DKG International Convention since 1995.
Jane has served on the International Research, Golden Gift Fund and Finance Committees as well as serving as chair of Delta Kappa Gamma’s Educational Foundation. She is now busy as the Northeast Regional Director and will be attending this summer’s Global Awareness International Conference in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
In the last issue of the Collegial Exchange (Vol 85-2), Jane tells how her leadership in DKG propelled her to become active in her national mathematics organization. She is currently immediate past president of AMATYC, the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges. Between DKG and AMATYC, Jane has traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada giving presentations on mathematics and issues related to DKG.
In her spare time, Jane is accomplished in stitchery as well as an avid sports enthusiast. She enjoys doing all types of puzzles and has delivered many presentations on Sudoku.
Jane is looking forward to coming to the New Jersey State Convention in April.
The NJ State Program Committee is thrilled to announce the keynote speaker for our Birthday Luncheon will be dynamic Susan Vernicek. Emboldening women since 2006, Susan spreads her inspirational messages worldwide via workshops, conferences, radio, TV, and digital and print channels. Her mission is to provide women with opportunities to discover their vast powers of self- acceptance, appreciation and achievement. She is the founder of Identity Magazine, accessible at identitymagazine.net.
Her keynote topic, “Get All A’s in the Game of Life,” will help women discover the power of self- acceptance, appreciation and personal achievement. She promises an interactive presentation where you will be challenged to discover your strengths, your values and your unique characteristics.
On a personal level, she is a happily married mother of four-year-old twins. She has tried almost every fad diet and admits, at age 37, it’s a struggle to work hard on overall life balance and not give in to unhealthy fads. She has naturally blonde hair and admits to uneven breasts, a bigger nose and full curves that she learns to appreciate more and more each day.
This is one presentation that you will not want to miss. Be sure to attend the Birthday Luncheon on Saturday to hear this inspiring woman. At the conclusion of the luncheon, you will have a chance to chat with Susan and purchase a personalized copy of her book, Get All A’s in the Game of Life, at a discounted price of $10. She will accept cash, checks, credit cards and PayPal.