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Characters Unite Award Winners

Jan Lilly-Stewart


Jan Lilly-Stewart is the Director and one of the founders of the Fair Shake Network, a grassroots advocacy association of West Virginians dedicated to a “fair shake” for people with disabilities and to the belief that diversity makes our communities stronger.

Jan has been involved in fighting for the rights of people with disabilities all her life. She has worked more than 25 years in counseling and advocacy positions and has earned the admiration and respect of policymakers, colleagues and countless people with disabilities. As Director of the Fair Shake Network, she continues to work tirelessly to give a voice to those with disabilities.

Fair Shake Network has a vision that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to fully participate in their community and realize their dreams; they have the right to live, work, and play in their own homes and communities. Jan and her colleagues at the organization provide information to policymakers and the public on issues pertaining to people with disabilities, and support those with disabilities and their families by engaging in legislative advocacy. They also provide training and systems advocacy on issues affecting people with disabilities through statewide, grassroots, cross disability activities.

Born and raised in Beckley, WV, she is a graduate of Marshall University and holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling. She resides in Charleston, WV, with her husband.

Jan Lilly-Stewart