In memory of our fellow board member and planned giving colleague, the CCPG Board has established a symposium scholarship to honor JP’s work in the planned giving community.
The announcement was made at the Annual Meeting on April 26th and the first Janie Petersen Memorial Symposium Scholarship recipient will be introduced on June 2nd at the Symposium.
JP was elected to the CCPG Board in 2011 and at the time of her death, she was serving her second term. From 2012-2015, she served as the Co-Chair of the Outreach & Community Collaborations Committee and was instrumental in establishing the original mentoring program between the Mentor and the CCPG Scholar. She interviewed other councils on how they ran their programs, created guidelines and basic understandings so that this would be a mutually enjoyable professional experience for both mentor and mentee. Now, the program has expanded to include not only scholarship recipients, but also CCPG members who wish to participate.
JP spent her freshman and sophomore years at Lawrence University and transferred to Northern Illinois graduating with a Bachelor of Science. She received her Master’s degree in Theology from the Catholic Theological Union at Chicago. Her professional career as a Development Officer started at Northwest Community Healthcare Foundation and in future years, she worked as the Director of Major and Planned Gifts at Harper College, Associate Director of Gift Planning at Northwestern University and received the professional designation of Certified Specialist in Planned Giving. Her most recent position was the Director of Individual Giving for Canine Companions for Independence.
JP is greatly missed by her loving parents: Robert and Doris Petersen, her siblings: Kris, Karen, Kate, Dan and Bill, their spouses, numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and countless extended family and friends. Her passion for helping others is evident through her career and the number of lives she touched and inspired cannot be imagined. She was known for her quick wit, sense of humor, and generous smile. The world will also miss her creative talents as a writer, knitter, avid gardener and devoted animal lover. Rest in peace, dear JP.
Katrina Pipasts, CCPG Treasurer