Janel is the program manager for the South Carolina Professional Development Consortium. Janel was previously employed at the Children’s Law Center where she developed training curricula and materials for child protection and legal staff on implementation of the Multi-Ethnic Placement Act (MEPA) and related law and policy. She has also conducted training programs on the application of MEPA. Janel’s 15 years of experience in child welfare and social work includes adoptions, foster care, group home administration, and sexual trauma counseling. Additionally, she is a certified adoption investigator and volunteers as a teen mentor. Janel received a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Winthrop University in 1994 and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of South Carolina in 1998.