Get inspired and learn a little bit more about your fellow VOSH-Illinois volunteers.
This month we are talking to Janet Muchnik
Janet has a Masters Degree in Public Administration. Her employment history includes 5 years as planner then Director of Planning for the City of Blue Island, 2 years as Economic Development Coordinator for the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, 7 years as City Manager of Country Club Hills and 10 years as Village Manager of Park Forest. During those years, she was chairman of one Federal commission, the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor, on the National Board of Directors of the American Planning Association and Chairman of the Fair Housing Coalition of the Southern Suburbs. Prior to her public employment, she was President of the Board of Education of School District 163 and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Park Forest.
In retirement, Janet has become very active with the Tall Grass Arts Association, serving for ten years as its president, and currently serving as chair of the annual Park Forest Art Fair. The association operates a gallery with exhibits that change every six weeks a school that offers classes for adults and children and the Park Forest Art Fair, now entering its 65th year.
Janet has also volunteered with VOSH and has participated in missions in Grenada, Guatemala, Bolivia, Cameroon, etc. She also is an avid reader and loves to travel.
“When people hear about the VOSH missions, they typically say, ‘Oh how wonderful of you.’ That is not how I feel. I feel I have been very fortunate to have been able to go on missions, to meet the wonderful people who volunteer to organize, donate their time as doctors and help in so many ways…and to see the faces of the people, faces that light up because they can, for the first time, really see.”