Jane Marks has always had a heart for those who are hurting. Growing up struggling with her father's alcoholism, her mother's efforts to keep their family looking perfect on the outside and her own self worth, she suffered from clinical depression even as a child. As a young wife and mother she began sharing her story and embarked on what would become a career of public speaking and inspiring others to help those who are hurting. For the next ten years, she became a sought after speaker for a nationwide Christian women's organization. Seeing hurting children in her own community led her into the non profit world nearly twenty years ago when she established the first faith-based after school tutoring program for at-risk children in West Virginia. The program has since won awards and been emulated in many communities.
Then, an ugly and traumatic divorce and an emotional crisis sent her on a new career path professionally and personally opened her eyes to a new outlook on life and an overlooked segment of individuals in pain: the sisterhood of women hurting from divorce.
For the past eight years Jane has been CEO for a health related non profit. In that capacity she runs a multi-state organization with three regional offices. She develops and writes training curriculum and conducts community workshops and professional trainings. She is a frequent guest on local radio and television programs as an expert speaker on aging issues. She has presented at multiple national conferences.
Simultaneously, Jane has broadened her writing career to include not only works that address her passion in the non-profit arena but also toward addressing the sisterhood of women experiencing the pain of divorce. She has written numerous articles for regional publications, a regular column in a multi-state newsletter and is the self published author of The Hood Ornament Handbook. This fun little book written strictly for cathartic reasons, uses humor and sarcasm to help women begin to polish away the tarnish and re-establish self worth after divorce. Jane blends humor, her love of all things southern, with her own experience, insight and compassion in her writings.