Janelle grew up in Littleton and graduated from Fort Lewis College. A strong advocate of conservation, she performed field research for FLC and Oak Ridge National Laboratory for three summers during college, assessing the effects of the Yellowstone fires of 1989. Janelle’s diverse interests and intellectual capabilities have also led her into the fields of medicine and finance, respectively, as a registered nurse at both Swedish Medical Center and Boulder Community Hospital and then as a financial planner. She has served on the boards of the Family Learning Center and Pikes Peak Community Foundation and is active with the the Denver Art Museum. Currently, Janelle serves as a board member on the Colorado board of trustees for The Nature Conservancy. Janelle enjoys traveling, biking and skiing and has found a special niche in endurance competitions having participated in two Ironman’s, the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race and the New York City marathon, to name a few. Together, Janelle and her husband, Buck, have two young daughters, as well as two adult daughters from Buck’s prior marriage.