Jane Carlson

Director, Audio Information Services

Jane is the Director of Tri States Audio Information Services. She directs and administers the activities of Tri States AIS, a regional radio reading service for the visually impaired, including fund development, grant administration, fiscal oversight, outreach and marketing, and client service. Jane grew up on a farm outside the booming metropolis of Rio in northern Knox County, and has lived all over the great state of Illinois, from Chicago to Carbondale. Jane currently resides in Monmouth with her husband, Chad Simpson. Jane has a B.A in English from Monmouth College. As an avid reader and someone whose career has been primarily devoted to producing, promoting, and distributing the written word, the mission of Tri States Audio Information Services—to foster equal access to printed materials--drew Jane to her current position, where radio technology is used to bring the printed word to the visually impaired. Jane started her career in scholarly publishing, working as a copywriter for the University of Illinois Press and publicity manager for Southern Illinois University Press. After moving back to west central Illinois, she worked as a grant writer at Knox College and as education reporter and features editor for the Galesburg Register-Mail. She also worked at Monmouth College as the advisor to the student newspaper and research officer and operations/database manager for the college’s development office. Jane is also a freelance writer. Her hobbies include photography, graphic design, reading, writing, and food blogging—at www.sweetenedandcondensed.com