After growing up on a farm in Davenport, Nebraska, Jane graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with an English major and Speech minor. She then taught high school English in Bernardsville, New Jersey. Jane obtained her Master of Arts degree from Newark State College, before returning to Nebraska to manage The Lodge Restaurant in Kearney. This is where she met her wonderful husband, Pete. They have two grown daughters and six grandchildren. Jane has served on the Nebraska Humanities Board, Friends of Lied Board, and UNK Academic Affairs Advisory Board. She co-chaired the capital campaign for the Iain Nicolsen Education Center at the Rowe Sanctuary and Crossroads Center Awakening Hope campaign for the Crossroads Center Homeless Mission. In her spare time, Jane volunteers at her church, Windy Hills Elementary School, Crossroads Center, and enjoys bible study, family time, playing bridge, traveling, reading walking, sporting events, and attending live theater.