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Somerset resident Jan Crase elected as Berea College Trustee

Janice Hunley Crase, business woman and civic leader from Somerset, was elected to the Berea College Board of Trustees at its tri-annual meeting, Feb. 27-28.

Jan Crase

An alumna of Berea College, Crase was elected to serve a six-year term beginning July 1. Also elected to the Berea Board for a six-year term was Heather Sturt Haaga, an artist and former marketing executive from La Canada, Calif.

Crase has professional experience in a variety of businesses and community service work. A real estate broker and appraiser since the 1970s, Crase currently is involved in development of commercial and residential real estate and rental properties. She has been involved in the restaurant business and serves on the boards of several corporations. She also founded and operated her own independent insurance agency for ten years. Earlier in her career, Crase served in Louisville and Jefferson County as an agent with the University of Kentucky Extension Service, where she developed some of the first 4-H clubs in inner city schools in the nation. She also formerly served as chief therapeutic dietician with Louisville’s Baptist Hospital, and was an instructor in the Hospital’s School of Nursing.

The Summer Shade native has been a life-long leader in civic, cultural and educational organizations at both the community and state levels. Currently, she is a member of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Advisory Board, and a lifetime member and past president of the Lake Cumberland Performing Arts Advisory Board. She also is a member of the Kentucky Medical Association (KMA) Education Committee and a member and past president of the KMA Alliance, among other activities. Organizations in which she previously has held leadership positions include the Kentucky Foundation for Adult Education, the Master Musician’s Festival, the Somerset/Pulaski County Economic Development and Community College Development Boards and the United Way.

Crase has been an active Berea alumna. She is a former president of the Berea College President’s Council and presently is an alumni co-chair for Berea’s $150 million comprehensive campaign “Extending Berea’s Legacy.” Crase has been honored by the Kentucky Commission on Women and received the Somerset Business and Professional Women’s Club “Woman of Achievement in Business” award. Crase attended Berea College for three years and graduated with a degree in home economics and dietetics from the University of Louisville. She is married to Dr. James Crase, a Somerset physician and a 1962 graduate of Berea, who also is a co-chair for the campaign. The couple have three children and four grandchildren.

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