After growing up in northern Virginia, Janelle went to the coast of Virginia to study various things at Christopher Newport University. She ended up with a major in English with a concentration in creative writing, graduating in 2008. While there, Janelle developed a love for community service, local engagement, and studying other cultures-- which led her to traveling to different places, such as Nairobi, Kenya. Over the past several years, she has worked at a parental rights oriented non-profit, as well as various coffee shops and bakeries. She loves local food, learning how to garden, reading children's fantasy novels, and catching up on 30 Rock. Janelle is actively involved in the local church and serving the youth.