Janelle is Diné/Navajo from Dinnebito, AZ. She is Tł’ízí Łání (Manygoats) born for Tó Dích’íi’nii (Bitter Water) her maternal grand fathers are Táchii’nii (Red Streak Running into the Water) clan and paternal grand fathers are the Tábąąhí (Edge Water People) clan. Janelle joined the Center for Indigenous Health in August of 2021 working on Project SafeSchools and be working with Connection is Medicine.
She was inspired to work for the Center because she knew that helping her community during the pandemic would be beneficial to her community, family, and herself. Janelle always had an interest in helping her community in any way she could. Even though she moved off the reservation for a few years, she has always wanted to come home and work with her community. She is elated to have the opportunity to work locally and with her community as well as the schools.
Janelle received her Associates degree from the College of Eastern Utah. She is a mother to three boys who she loves very much. Janelle enjoys going to horse races with her family and camping.