Janet Oord Graves

Janet Oord Graves

San Antonio, Texas Retired – Educator

An Optimist since 1996 Home Club: Optimist Club of San Antonio, Texas

Foundation involvement:

Presidents Club Member

Christian D. Larson Partner William H. Harrison Society Member

Golden Benefactor

Friend of Tomorrow

Endowed Sponsor of the Michigan District Essay Scholarship

Understanding of business practices:

During my 34 years as an educator I taught at-risk youth, served as an Elementary School Principal and as the Principal of Kalamazoo Juvenile Home School(a school program serving adjudicated youth). As a school administrator I had numerous responsibilities that developed my leadership and management skills, such as: development and implementation of a school improvement plan, team building, community relations, development and oversight of the school budget, district and statewide reporting and management of staff.

After I retired from the public school system I served as a consultant for the Office of Educational Improvement and Innovation for the Michigan Department of Education. I led a variety of state wide projects – getting input from school districts and planning with a team to implement the work statewide.

Over the years I have served on numerous boards. I am currently on the Roy Maas Youth Alternatives Board of Directors.

I have a history of good management and stewardship professionally and as an Optimist. I believe that my professional and Optimist experiences, qualify me to serve as an effective member of the OIF Board.

Offices/Awards: (Governor and Higher)

Optimist International Vice President, Southwest Region, 2014-15

Distinguished and Outstanding Optimist International Governor, Michigan District 2010-2011 Distinguished and Outstanding District Foundation Representative 2013-2014 Optimist International Committees: New Club Building, World Oratorical Steering, Leadership and Development.

OIF Committees: Planned Giving, Women’s Philanthropy Council Candidate’s Statement

We all joined an Optimist Club because we want to provide much needed services and activities for the youth in our communities. A strong Optimist International Foundation is essential to ensure that the support is there for our clubs and youth. I have been a strong supporter of the OIF since I became an Optimist in 1996. I what to be part of an even stronger OIF.