Janis McMillen is 1st vice president of the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) and 1st vice chair of the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF). She was elected to this office and her third term on the LWVUS Board of Directors and LWVEF Board of Trustees at the League’s 50th National Convention in June 2012.
Dr. McMillen joined the League of Women Voters in 1993, and credits her involvement in the League with opening many other doors that furthered her volunteer efforts in the community.
Dr. McMillen held several board positions in her local League, including co-president, and several board positions in the Kansas League, including two terms as president. Other community involvement includes serving on the board for a community-wide, human services planning agency, where she was Public Policy chair, and serving as Public Policy chair, treasurer and president of an organization that advocates for separation of church and state and for quality public education for all Kansas students. She was appointed to the Kansas 10th Judicial District Nominating Commission and served for eight years.
Dr. McMillen earned a BS degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Kansas Medical School. Following a three-year National Institutes of Health post-doctoral fellowship, she began a 35-year career in the veterinary pharmaceutical industry. Her endeavors ranged from those of a research scientist using genetic engineering techniques to develop new products to holding the position of vice-president of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs. During her professional career, she authored or co-authored 23 papers published in refereed scientific journals and one patent, and was an invited speaker at seven scientific meetings. Dr. McMillen was an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine for several years, teaching undergraduate, graduate and medical students.