About the Candidate

Joleen lives south of Elkader near the Motor Mill. She and her husband, Jim are parents to three children, Jessica who is an elementary school teacher in Ankeny, IA , Jacob, who attends Loras in Dubuque, IA, and Jenna, who is a Senior at Central Community High School.  Joleen owns and operates Jansen Products, a local web development, print materials and media transfer business. She also serves at the program manager for the non profit, Clayton County Energy District, which aims to keep energy local, clean and fair.
In 1986, she earned a B.A. degree in General Science at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, and also graduated from St. Luke’s School of Medical Technology. After a few years of working in eastern Iowa hospital laboratories, as a medical technologist, Joleen began a career in public employment as the sanitarian for the City of Dubuque. As the City Sanitarian, Jansen oversaw the city’s food safety program and enforced the city’s public health ordinances.
Their family moved to Decorah in the mid 90’s and for a short time she worked as the Winneshiek County Sanitarian and Zoning Administrator. In 1998, Joleen decided to leave the public sector to spend time with their young kids, and to start Jansen Products. At first, she worked as an independent contractor for Clinton and Jackson County. In 2003 and 2004 she worked with Clayton and Allamakee counties when she wrote, produced and distributed public health food safety newsletters for local food operations.
Today, in addition to operating Jansen Products and the Clayton County Energy District, Jansen is an active community volunteer.  She also teaches religious education to the junior high students at St. Joseph’s parish in Elkader. Over the years, Joleen has had many opportunities to help organize various community projects.