Janette DeFelice, MD, MA is a political candidate and writer focusing on how we can protect our communities from the detrimental public health effects of climate change. She envisions DuPage County embracing green infrastructure, supporting sustainable small businesses, and, in doing so, strengthening the local economy. She is the author of Resistance Essays from the Heartland and Delia Rising: A Ballet in Three Acts, and has also published at Medium.com, The Pulse, Be The Change Mom, and ChicagoNow.
She holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from Chicago Medical School and a Master’s degree in Humanities from the University of Chicago, where her major essay was Hegel and Ibsen: The Evolution of Consciousness in Ibsen’s Prose Play Cycle. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Indiana University. She is a former professional dancer, former adjunct Humanities and Political Science professor, and former lecturer in Medical Clinical Skills, as well as a current student in the Master of Public Health program in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at UIC.
Her volunteer work includes Art Therapy Assistant at The University of Chicago Children’s Hospital (now Comer Children’s Hospital), teaching internship in Biology and Genetics at an alternative high school in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago, and member of the Citizens Advisory Council for Community Consolidated School District 89 in Glen Ellyn.
She has been a member of the National Education Association, Illinois Education Association, P-Fac (Part-Time Faculty Association Columbia College Chicago), and AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists). She is also a member of the American Medical Writers Association.
Janette currently lives in Glen Ellyn with her husband and 9-year-old twins.
Janette DeFelice for our children. for our future. for the rest of us.
for DuPage County Board District 4.