Janel is passionate about building stronger, healthier, and more equitable communities. The issues facing communities are complex and dynamic, being continually shaped by various social, economic, and environmental conditions. Janel seeks to understand the interplay between these many facets of community well-being. She is also exploring how local solutions can be achieved through community-based partnerships and creative collaborations.
Education and Relevant Experience
Janel received her bachelor’s degree in community and environmental sociology and life sciences communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2021. Prior to attending UW-Madison, Janel was a dancer with the Milwaukee Ballet from 2011 to 2018. During her time in Milwaukee, Janel engaged in several outreach initiatives, including assisting in the development of Tour De Force, a dance program for children with physical and developmental disabilities. Janel also served as the dancers’ union representative and the vice president of the Milwaukee Dancers’ Fund, a nonprofit organization that aims to assist retiring dancers in their career transitions. These experiences gave Janel a passion for community-building and inter-organizational collaborations, ultimately inspiring her to pursue her education at UW-Madison.
While at UW-Madison, Janel has engaged in several community-based research projects, including working with the Madison Area Cooperative Housing Alliance (MACHA) to assess the needs of cooperative housing in Madison. She is currently working as a project assistant on the Prenatal to Five Initiative within the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies.
- MS in Human Ecology