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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Local Legends: Janna Jackson

Janna Jackson grew up on a farm in northwest Oklahoma and attended Ft. Supply Public Schools. After graduation, she moved to Enid to attend Phillips University, completing her Bachelor of Arts in English. She found her niche working in the non-profit sector at Community Development Support Association, and left to stay at home with her children while they were young. After serving as a Trustee for two and a half years for the Enid Public School Foundation, she returned to the workforce as the Executive Director of EPSF in 2016, a position she continues to hold. She was an active member of Junior Welfare League for six years and was granted Honorary member status upon her exit. Her heart for children and their welfare has driven her to volunteer countless hours for numerous organizations, including several local school PTSA’s and booster clubs where she continues to maintain leadership positions.

Of special note, Jackson has been a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) since September 2002 where she has had 12 cases, served 25 children, and worked 1090 hours on casework alone. She participates in trainings to educate new volunteers about the role of the CASA.  10 of her 12 cases ended in Reunifications, 1 case went into guardianship and 1 other case the children were adopted into their forever home. This tireless work has earned her the distinction of CASA of the year twice during her tenure. CASA Program Manager Shelia McHenry said “We can always count on Janna to take on some of our most difficult cases and she has been the perfect fit for each case. She can get people to work together and make the system work for them. She is willing to stand up for what she feels is the best interest of the child and voice her concerns and recommendations in court, even when that means not seeing eye to eye with others involved on the case. We appreciate her drive and commitment to being a voice for the children in our community. Her wisdom and dedication to the program are valued more than she will possibly know.  She takes time out of her busy schedule of work and her own children’s activities to focus on children in the community who need her voice.”

She lives in Enid with her husband Kevin and their daughters Ava and Danielle. Her daughter Lauren is a senior at Texas Tech University and is part of their highly decorated pom team, and her eldest, Brianna recently returned to Oklahoma after living and working in the Pacific Northwest.

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Robert Faulkhttps://enidmonthly.com
Robert R. Faulk is the Publisher and Editor of the Enid Monthly. Robert graduated from Oklahoma State University with a B.A. in Political Science and has his J.D. from the Oklahoma City University School of Law. He is originally from Oklahoma City, but is happy to have lived in Enid since 2004 and calls it "home."



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