FTS exec Janice Mendenhall dies

FTS exec Janice Mendenhall dies

Janice K. Mendenhall, assistant regional administrator for the Federal Technology Service in Atlanta and a 24-year veteran of the General Services Administration, died July 23 in Atlanta.

Janice K. Mendenhall
Janice K. Mendenhall
She was buried Thursday at Atlanta's Arlington Memorial Park.

Mendenhall had worked 32 years in government and since 1983 had been assistant FTS administrator for GSA's eight-state Sunbelt Region. She was a member of the executive board of the Federation of Government Information Processing Councils, among many other professional associations.

'She was a wonderful spirit,' said Alan Balutis, FGIPC's executive director and chief operating officer. 'She was a real force in terms of advocacy for the 70 percent to 80 percent of federal employees who work outside of Washington,' as well as championing women and minorities, he said.

Mendenhall did much for the community, 'often outside the limelight,' Balutis said. 'She did a lot of work behind the scenes' without regard to credit.

Mendenhall nevertheless received many honors during her career, among them the GSA Meritorious Service Award in 1990, an agency honoree award from Government Computer News in 1991, GSA's Distinguished Service Award in 1994 and the Presidential Meritorious Service Rank Award in 1999.

She received a bachelor's degree in French and a master's degree in political science from the University of Kansas, where she was assistant to the dean of women.

Mendenhall joined GSA as a management intern in 1969 and became manager of the agency's Federal Women's Program. She held a variety of positions at GSA and the State Department before taking the assistant regional administrator position in Atlanta.

Mendenhall is survived by two children, Anna and Daniel Regenstein, her mother, a sister and a brother.

The family requests donations be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Lovett School at 4075 Paces Ferry Rd. N.W., Atlanta, Ga. 30327.

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