Casa San José

Sister Janice Vanderneck

Director of Civic Engagement & Founding Director of Casa San Jose


Sister Janice Vanderneck- Director of Civic Engagement
Sister Janice is the Founding Director of Casa San José. She is a Sister of St. Joseph of Baden, and she has worked in Latin America, educating and organizing community members to think critically about power structures, oppression, and political engagement. With a Masters’ Degree in Theology from Duquesne University, Sister Janice worked for decades as a religion teacher and principal at Catholic elementary and high schools in Pittsburgh. Sister Janice has received numerous awards for her extraordinary service. They include the Michael McGrady Award for Service at the Art Rooney Awards Dinner, the OHTLI Award given by the Secretariat of the Mexican Government for service to the Mexican community in the US, the El Sol Award from the Hispanic Attorneys Committee of the Allegheny Bar Association and the Volunteer Preceptor of the Year (IPPE) award from the School of Pharmacy of the University of Pittsburgh.