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Jane St. John

Training and Technical Assistance Specialist

Jane St. John is a Training and Technical Assistance Specialist at Missouri Family to Family. Jane specializes in family support, family leadership and parent/family training. Jane has been instrumental in the development of the LifeCourse framework and products and is co-facilitator for the Missouri Community of Practice state team. Jane provides technical assistance to Missouri’s Show Me Careers employment project, Missouri’s Division of Developmental Disability, and Missouri’s Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems. She is the grant coordinator and lead trainer for the Missouri Guardianship: Understanding Your Options and Alternatives project. Jane currently serves on the Missouri Guardianship Statutory Reform Task Force, Mo-WINGS. She also serves on the board of The Arc of Missouri, as well as the Mo-AAIDD (American Association for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities). Jane is the parent of three young men (24 year old twin boys, and a 28 year old step-son). Jane’s son Ben has a developmental disability and special health care needs. She is a strong supporter of community inclusion, and has worked closely in her community to promote inclusive practices. Jane and her family made the decision to pursue alternatives to guardianship for her son Ben, in order to facilitate supported decision making and self-determination. Jane is a graduate of Missouri’s Partners in Policymaking program, and attended Rockhurst University with a focus on criminal justice and psychology.