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Originally from New York, Janet Derrick’s began her life as a transplanted Midwestern, working as Senior Vice President of Sales for News America Marketing in Chicago, managing a team of 30 people responsible for $300 million in sales.
But her drive to make a meaningful difference in her community led her to volunteer with Naperville CARES, an organization that helped families coping with a financial crisis to stay housed. Her impact as a volunteer was significant and quickly led to a new career as the organization’s first Executive Director.
During her tenure, Naperville CARES grew from a few people coming together to help, to an award-winning nonprofit engaging hundreds of individuals. Capitalizing on her visionary leadership to create the greatest possible impact, she led the organization through its recent merger with Loaves & Fishes Community Services. This has greatly expanded opportunities for those facing the overwhelming challenge of poverty, and served as a catalyst to bring the community together to give all families the opportunity to live healthy, economically-stable lives.