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Janet Phipps Burkhead

Janet Phipps Burkhead is an attorney and has just retired as a Brigadier General from the Iowa Army National Guard after 28 years of service to our country. Janet's professional experience also includes serving as Director of the Iowa Department of General Services and the Michigan Department of Management and Budget. Janet also serves on the On With Life, Inc. Board of Directors.


Can you describe what you do professionally on a day-to-day basis? 

I specialize in intellectual property law assisting clients in protecting their intellectual property assets such as trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. 


What does it mean to you to be on the On With Life Board of Directors? 

It means bringing whatever expertise and experience I have to the Board to support the mission of On With Life not only with an internal focus as to the programs and services offered, but also to those in the greater community to heighten the awareness of this wonderful facility. 


What initially made you decide to become a board member? 

I toured On With Life a few years ago for a Rotary fellowship meeting and was tremendously impressed by the staff and facility regarding the extent of the services provided and the caring, professional manner in which these services were provided. Coincidentally, I began my career as a registered dietitian at Woodward State Hospital School, a sister campus to Glenwood which now hosts an On With Life program.