Colonel Jean Anderson, who earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Daemen College, received the Advancement in Career honor at the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner. She has served in the U.S. Army Reserves since graduating from Daemen and receiving her commission through ROTC at Canisius College.
Previously chief of the Reserve Component Physical Therapy Section, Anderson is serving as reserve component IMA to the chief of the Army Medical Specialist Corps. She has also served as the Army Medical Command’s lead for the Soldier 2020 initiative, which aims to better match today’s soldiers with the demands of military occupational specialties and has also opened all specialties to women. Beyond this, she has instructed the Command and General Staff Officers course, and has served as course director for U.S. forces in Germany, Italy, and Kosovo.
Anderson has received numerous performance awards, including five Meritorious Service Medals and induction into the Order of Military Medical Merit. She earned a master’s degree in management with a concentration in human resources management from the University of Phoenix.
Outside her military service, Anderson has been an active volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America, Youth Sports Program, and school support organizations, for which she has served in many leadership roles.
She currently resides in Chesterfield, Va., with her husband, Dr. Marvin Paul Anderson, and three children.