Janis, who also goes by Jan, is a co-facilitator of the MDF New York City/New Jersey Support Group. Formerly literacy coach and teacher but now retired, Janis lives in Sommorset, NJ with her husband and spends her free time with her children and grandchildren. Jan has an active lifestyle and loves art, theater, as well as visiting Manhatten. After her siblings started being diagnosed with myotonic dystrophy, Jan was genetically tested and was diagnosed in 2013. As the oldest of eleven children, Jan has has five siblings pass away due to DM and is motivated to support the DM community in any way she can.