Janis Pereira


The Lindsay Theater is a life-sized puzzle for Jan Pereira, merging her industrial training and organizational skills with heart-driven volunteer efforts.

Jan, who earned a BS in industrial education degree from Texas A&M, wrote training and safety programs for building trades, construction, the oil industry and food service, then moved into executive development for Great Tool Co. An operations auditor for Houston Industries power, she completed efficiency studies, reorganizations and succession planning. An improvement plan was always in her pocket—and not just for the corporate world.

Since her college years, Jan has followed her heart for volunteer work, starting with a Habitat-like home improvement mission and remaining active for years as a Big Sister. In 1996, she “retired” from industry, when she and husband Marc moved to Brazil. For six years, she dedicated herself to enhance the quality of life for Brazil’s impoverished youth. As a volunteer, she touched more than 30 organizations, fundraising to assist schools for the blind and their students, provide wheelchairs for those in need, and improve girls’ organizations and American-style Little League.

With two children and a move to Sewickley in 2002, Jan was a sports booster and Scout leader, but also volunteered with the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, the Child Health Association of Sewickley and the Lupus Foundation (an ongoing cause). She also supports Team Tassy, a nonprofit that prepares and places Haitians into jobs with on-the-ground training.

Formerly Construction Chair of The Lindsay Theater, she continues to oversee facilities—and still makes times to run, do yoga and, of course, watch films.