15 years ago, Janet McGee left the funeral profession due to burnout. In 2016, a very unexpected loss reignited Janet's passion to not only return but to take on the role of funeral educator. In this episode, Janet shares her story with host, Gabe Schauf, and brings attention to a cause that she has been a big part of since that loss.
Janet McGee is an instructor at the Mortuary Science program at the University of Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Minnesota's School of Mortuary Science in 2002 and worked as a licensed mortician for six years. In 2008, she began working at one of the largest banks in the U.S. and while there, attained her MBA.
When her 22-month-old son, Ted, died tragically in 2016 from a furniture tip-over incident, she left her corporate career behind to advocate for furniture tip-over prevention. She played an integral role in forming Parents Against Tip-overs in 2018, a 501(c)3 that advocates to end deadly TV and furniture tip-overs on children, and currently serves as their Director. Janet has served on the advisory council for Safe Kids Minnesota for several years and is the author of the children's book, "Visiting Ted in Heaven." She was instrumental in helping pass national legislation in 2022 that improved and made mandatory the safety standard for clothing storage units (CSUs) in the U.S.
Janet is an active member of the ASTM International sub-committee F15.42, an organization that sets the safety standard for CSUs. She is a Minnesota licensed mortician and a member of the National Funeral Directors Association.