Janel is honored to have dreamed up the Rural Community Building program, in collaboration with many wonderful partners! In 2022, after more than four years with COIC, Janel departed to pursue a Masters at OSU-Cascades in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has 8+ years of experience in community development, non-profit management, and grant writing, with a special heart and passion for rural communities. In addition to the Rural Community Building program, she also managed COIC’s Local Food Systems and Rural Entrepreneurship programs, and has supported many other regional projects over the years, including community wildfire preparedness, biomass energy, and rural broadband. Janel looks forward to combining her passions for personal and community development in the future, and continuing to serve the communities of Central Oregon with heart and integrity. When she’s not at work, Janel loves to play outside: gardening, hiking, cross country skiing, and paddle boarding are all favorites. She grew up in Sherwood, OR and although she spent more than ten years traveling across the country and abroad, she has always found “home” in the wild places and rural spaces of Oregon.