Newcomer of the Month, August: Jean Faulhaber

Editor’s note: The Sun, with the help of the Naperville Newcomers and Neighbors Club, is featuring each month a recent Naperville transplant or a resident who has had a significant life change. Let’s get to know our neighbors!

Jean Faulhaber, 63, was born and raised in Adrian, Michigan, and moved to Chicago to begin her career.

What brought you to Naperville?

“Initially I worked in advertising then changed careers and graduated from DePaul’s College of Law. Later I moved to Naperville with my husband and our older daughter. We were attracted to this community, the schools and several friends lived in this area.”

How did you find out about the Naperville Newcomers and Neighbors Club?

“I was talking with Anne Henriksen, NNNC’s president, about taking cooking classes, and she suggested I consider an NNNC membership because there are so many different activities to participate in.”

What are your favorite things to do in the NNNC?

“I love the ‘Vera’s Wrapped in Love Blankets’ gatherings. It has been rewarding to get to know the women who come, and gratifying to help with making no-sew fleece blankets that are donated for cancer patients at Edward Hospital. I enjoy the Wine & Dine lunch group, which I co-chair. I like the cooking classes, Family Favorites Cooking Crowd and Continental Cuisine, too.”

What do you do for a living?

“I am an attorney, and my practice focuses on international adoption. After adoptive parents have gone through the international adoption process and their child is home with them, I represent them in legally finalizing the adoption here in Illinois. I wasn’t planning to practice in this area of the law, but after my husband and I adopted our older daughter from China, it seemed like a perfect fit. After 16 years practicing in international adoption, it is still rewarding to work with adoptive families much like my own. We later adopted a second daughter from China.”

The Naperville Newcomers and Neighbors Club holds a welcome coffee once a month from September through June at the Municipal Center. Contact Sue at 630-904-5629 to learn more.

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