Janet is from High Point, NC. In 1975, she began her human services work at the Guilford County Department of Social Services, starting off in High Point and moving to Greensboro.
In 1979, the opportunity to work with refugees arose when Lutheran Family Services (LFS) opened for business as the first refugee resettlement office in Greensboro. At LFS, Janet held various positions including Family Reunification Manager, Grants Manager, and later the Immigration Program Director. This was where she initially worked with Dr. Raleigh Bailey (former CNNC Director), who strongly encouraged her to get trained in immigration law. During her time at LFS, Janet earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from UNCG.
In 2002, Janet continued her work with refugees and immigrants in a new setting when she was hired to work at the Center for New North Carolinians as Business Officer after reconnecting with Dr. Bailey. In addition to having fiscal management responsibilities, she directs the new CNNC Immigration Services Program, and is partially accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals to represent immigration clients before the Citizenship and Immigration Services.
She has two adopted children, a Montagnard son (Dhon) and a Chinese daughter (Angela) as well as two rescued dogs.