Janelle joined the staff at Riverland Community College in 2018 as Dean of Institutional Advancement. She is eager to play a role in developing new opportunities for growth and raising support for Riverland and its students. Janelle comes to Riverland with nearly 20 years of experience in the development profession working to strengthen and increase fundraising capacity for a variety of organizations including Gustavus Adolphus College, Wartburg Theological Seminary, the University of Dubuque, Area Residential Care, and Goodwill Industries. As a committed fundraising professional, Janelle is passionate about developing collaborative relationships between donors and strong mission-focused organizations so they can work together to make a difference in the community.
A Nebraska native, Janelle attended Dana College in Blair, Nebraska and graduated with a Bachelor's degree double major in Communication and Spanish with a minor in Business. She also earned a Master's degree from the University of Dubuque in Organizational Communication and Leadership. Janelle has been active and held leadership roles in AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals), ALDE (Association of Lutheran Development Executives), and she holds a CFM (Certificate in Fundraising Management) from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.
Janelle lives in Albert Lea with her husband, Shane, who is lead pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Albert Lea, and their two children. Janelle is active with the Albert Lea Education Foundation, the United Way, and the Daybreakers Kiwanis Club.