Janice was raised on a farm, the younger of two children; however, her parents raised foster children from the time she was three, giving her twenty-one additional siblings. Children came and went, some staying as short as two weeks and others remaining as long as sixteen years. This provided her an early perspective on the horrors perpetuated on children.
Beginning at age seven, Janice learned first-hand how adults she should have been able to trust could and would use children for their own vile purposes. This began years of sexual, emotional and physical abuse which stole her innocence yet spurred a lifelong devotion to helping children.
Janice became a successful educator, serving as a high school mathematics teacher and coach; a high school assistant principal; an elementary principal; and, finally, as an assistant superintendent for administrative services. After thirty-three years of service, she retired due to health issues in 2005.
Janice’s passion for children and for those who have no voice as a result of sexual assault led her to begin volunteering for and becoming a member of the Board of Directors for H-E-A-R-T (Hope Exists After Rape Trauma). A year later, she founded H-E-A-R-T’s first chapter which is in Suffolk, VA. H-E-A-R-T receives half the profits generated from Janice’s first book of poetry, Beacons, Prayers, and Promises: Pathways to Healing, which outlines her recovery from her years of sexual abuse.
Janice has been married to her childhood sweetheart, Aubrey, for 38 years. She has one daughter, Cindy; a son-in-law, David; and a granddaughter, Lexi. She has also been richly blessed with many friends and colleagues throughout her life.
Although Janice dabbled in poetry in high school and college, it was not until she entered therapy with a wonderful Christian therapist in 2002 that she began writing poetry regularly. She gives God the glory for her work and knows He is her muse.