Janet was born and raised in McCook and attended McCook Public Schools, graduating in 1965.
After high school, Janet attended Nebraska Wesleyan, graduated from McCook Community College, graduated from University of Nebraska at Kearney with a B.A. in education where she also earned a Master's Degree in Counseling, and has 30 additional graduate hours in Educational Administration.
Janet is a licensed Mental Health Practitioner for the state of Nebraska and did private counseling for six years. She retired from teaching in 2012 after teaching for 22 years. She has extensive business and accounting experience, including having owned her own business, as well as, currently owning JGR Rentals, LLC with her husband, Greg.
She has served as Treasurer of Learn-n-Earn Investment Club since 2000 and is a member of the Board of Directors for Southwest Nebraska Community Theater Association. She is also a member of the United Memorial Methodist Church, the Chancel Choir, and currently serving on the Staff-Pastor-Parish Relations Committee of that church. She has served on various boards and civic organizations and was appointed to the McCook City Council in 2012 to fill a vacated position.
Some of Janet's interests include playing bridge, reading, and gardening.