Janet Weissend

After graduating from a business school in Rochester, my first job was at Eastman Kodak Company in the Office of Environmental Conservation.  (One of my co-workers was George Thomas … and small world – Genesee RiverWatch reconnected us after many years!)  During my 40 years at Eastman Kodak and Kodak Alaris, I held a variety of positions such as administrative assistant, project scheduler, contract administrator, and project support specialist in several divisions – Engineering, R&D, Health Imaging, and Consumer Imaging. While at Kodak I established the Kodak-News-Education-Communication Team (KNECT) – a team that provided training and networking opportunities for business support professionals. This was followed by my role as team leader for the Workplace Improvement Team (a sub-team of the Inclusion & Diversity Council). Since retiring I’ve held other positions including Senior Administrative Assistant at a property development/management company and administrative support to the Center for Workforce Development at BOCES 2.  I’ve had an interesting, varied career and have met many wonderful people!

When I was a child, I grew up with a very large pond in my backyard and within walking distance to Lake Ontario.  I’ve always been drawn to water – whether a pond, a lake, a river, or an ocean.  Perhaps that’s why the work of Genesee RiverWatch is interesting to me. ‘Protecting and Celebrating the River’ benefits both us and future generations.  Its history, beauty, farmlands, and recreational opportunities are to be appreciated – and yes, celebrated.

People that are retired frequently comment that they don’t know how they had time to work because they keep so busy in their retirement – I know exactly what they mean! I have three adult sons and five beautiful (of course!) grandchildren. Two of my sons and their families live in Greece (as I do) and my youngest lives in Florida; I’m fortunate enough to visit him and his family several times a year. I enjoy camping, reading, getting together with friends, and traveling … but spending time with my family is what I value the most.

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