Janet graduated from The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Bacteriology. She became certified in Medical Technology by the Baylor Combined Medical Technology Program, Houston, Texas, and licensed in Medical Technology by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists in 1983. Janet worked as a medical microbiologist for 15 years at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science and at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Little Rock. She retired from Clinical Medical Technology in 2000. Janet obtained her Masters in Teaching from the University of Central Arkansas in 2007 and is a certified teacher in Secondary Life and Earth Sciences. She taught in the Greenbrier School District before relocating to Little Rock.
Janet resides with her husband Philip, daughter, and two dogs in Little Rock, Arkansas. An additional daughter and son have finished school and live in Little Rock and Houston Texas. She works as a science curriculum consultant in addition to serving on the Foundation’s board of directors. Janet has a strong desire to carry out the wishes and visions of her former neighbor, Victor Gates, for the South Fork Nature Center.