Jane Fischer

FredASSIST Administrator
State University of New York at Fredonia


Jane has always drawn on three things: a love of humor and performing, her imagination and ideas,
and the desire to help others. Her professional life has focused on the “helping others” aspect. Jane has
two decades of experience and leadership in health education and human services, with the past 14
years working with peer educators and student-based services in higher education. Currently, she serves
as the Administrator of FredASSIST at SUNY Fredonia, a student-focused health education and advocacy

There is another side to Jane’s professional life that calls on her other passions. An improv comedy
performer for nearly 20 years, she recognizes the value of taking the skillset and mindset of improv off
the stage and into other aspects of work and life. In response, she created her training, facilitation, and
coaching business that focuses on applied improvisation, creativity, and play as personal and
organizational development tools. She believes that work and play are complements, not opposites. Her
work is highly interactive, allowing individuals and groups to experience ways to enhance collaboration,
adaptability, communication, resilience, and other elements that bring the best out of people and

Jane holds a B.A. in Sociology from Ithaca College, a Master of Arts in Health Arts
and Sciences from Goddard College, and a Graduate Certificate of Advanced Study in Creativity
and Change Leadership from the International Center for Studies in Creativity at SUNY Buffalo
State. Jane has also served as a session leader and faculty member for the Creative Problem Solving
Institute, the world’s longest running creativity conference, since 2014. She loves coffee, chocolate, and
silly, simple joys.