Jane Newton earned a bachelor’s in Public Relations with a minor in Latin American Studies and a master’s in Communications, both from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Jane landed at LaFleur after spending five years in industrial marketing. 

As the daughter of publishers of a small, community newspaper, Jane got her start in the communications business at a young age, from typesetting, selling ads, managing the website, reporting, and more. She culminated her experience at the newspaper by winning a National Newspaper Award and several Illinois Press Association awards.  

After high school, Jane spent one year as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student in Mexico and one semester in college studying abroad in a multi-country program in Mexico, Peru, and Argentina. These events served as a springboard for traveling, meeting new people, and trying new things. Since then, Jane has traveled in Europe, the United Arab Emirates, and Australia.  

Jane’s other passions include sustainability and animal welfare.  

She is always finding new and creative ways to refuse, reduce, reuse, and recycle things. Her home is almost zero-waste with the goal of one day having no garbage. Fingers crossed, that day will come soon.  

Jane is actively involved in an animal rescue that focuses on helping terminally ill people find new homes for their pets. That’s where her 14-year-old black lab, Spike, came from. The rescue works tirelessly to educate on the lifelong commitment of pet ownership, the importance of choosing adoption, and the positive effects of spaying and neutering.