Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women
Jan Blalock is a leader, businesswoman, teacher and devoted mother, wife and daughter. She received her B.A. in Theatre Arts/Dance from Sonoma State University and danced professionally throughout the Bay Area, New York, Arizona, and Montana. Jan has also managed several retail businesses and health clubs, owned her own business and has taught dance and fitness for over 40 years. Jan was a single mom for many years and worked to balance her complete support of her two daughters and their endeavors while juggling multiple careers.
Currently, Jan is a member of the management team for Parkpoint health clubs and teaches dance and fitness at three local health clubs. Her passionate style of teaching and message of being your own hero and advocate while making a difference in the world keeps her students inspired and her classes packed. Jan has developed all programming for her clubs including a Community Wellness Program with free or low cost memberships and classes for Cancer and Parkinson’s patients. Jan is on the Advisory Board for the Santa Rosa Community College Health, Fitness and Wellness Certification program. She mentors high school and college students interested in careers in health and fitness.
Jan is also a survivor of rape and sexual abuse. Her children now grown, Jan is compelled to use her energy to turn these traumatic experiences into inspiration for positive change in matters of violence against women and gender equality. She was involved with the first V-Day, One Billion Rising movement in 2013, leading Flash Mobs in Healdsburg and downtown Santa Rosa. In 2015 Jan was appointed to the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women and was elected Vice Chair and then Chair within her first year. While serving two terms as Chair, Jan worked to increase the visibility, activism and relevance of the Commission, collaborating with local organizations and leaders to bring focus and change regarding issues that affect women and their families. Ad hocs were created to: hold workshops empowering women to vote and to fill community leadership roles including running for office ; bring awareness to and support State and Local leaders to increase subsidies for Affordable Childcare; look at causes and support survivors of Intimate Partner Violence ; host a very successful ACCW conference and now the Voices of Sonoma County Women Project. She is also a member of the Sonoma County Human Trafficking Task Force and Northern California Representative for ACCW.
Jan has been collaborating with the NACW team to update and re-launch the Voices of Women in America project and will be presenting with that team at the NACW conference.
Interested in the following teams/areas of NACW: