A product of military life, Janet Mae Micklos grew up constantly on the move. The flexibility she experienced as a child eventually translated to her professional career. Over the years, Ms. Micklos has held a wide variety of positions, though all were geared toward helping others. She began as a physical education instructor at Terrell Wells Middle School in Texas in 1969, and then became a dental assistant at a private practice in Oklahoma in 1970. From there, Ms. Micklos served in roles like physical fitness instructor at Victor Valley Community College, director of the physical department at the Victor Valley YMCA, application processor for the state of Delaware, clerk and typist to the adjunct general of the Joint United States Military Mission Aid to Turkey, secretary to the commander of the United States Air Force Clinic in Turkey, and secretary to the director of engineering services and support at the United States Logistic Group in Turkey. She also garnered experience as the public education director to the Alamo Area Rape Crisis Center, the admissions coordinator for Horizon Hospital in Texas, psychiatric counselor at Portsmouth Pavilion, part of the auction crew at Northeast Auctions, and director of human services at the Rockingham County Department of Corrections in New Hampshire. Some of her final positions before retiring were police officer in the Newfields Police Department and special sheriff’s deputy in Rockingham County, New Hampshire.
One of the highlights of Ms. Micklos’ career was initiating a program called Victim Impact in the jail she was working in. Through it, she took a group of inmates and taught them the impact of major crimes. Ms. Micklos even brought in real life victims to share their stories. She was very proud of its success.
Ms. Micklos prepared for her endeavors by earning a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Northern Colorado and a teaching certificate from the state of Colorado in 1969 and a Master of Arts in human resources development and computer data management at Webster University in 1985. Since then, Ms. Micklos has made an effort to ensure she remains up to date on all developments in her field. She completed coursework and training as a Rape Crisis Victim Advocate in 1985, the Correctional Officer Correspondence Course through the American Correctional Association in 1991, and coursework in developing and administering sex offender treatment programs through the National Institute of Corrections in 1993. In 1995, Ms. Micklos graduated from the Part-Time Police Officer Academy in New Hampshire, and in both 2015 and 2017, she completed Orality Training in Texas.
In her spare time, Ms. Micklos enjoys gardening and reading. She also likes to remain active in her professional community. She has been a member of the New Hampshire Sex Offender Management Advisory Committee since 2004 and both the Prism Ministry Team to Regional Youth Detention Centers and the Youth Detention Visitation Program since 2009, and has undertaken mission trips to Mozambique since 2012. Additionally, she has been a member of Attack Poverty at Sundown Elementary School in Texas since 2013 and a team leader for Destination Imagination Competitions since 2015.