“Love and friendship. They are what make us who we are, and what can change us, if we let them.”  – Emily Giffin


Project Manager

Janell is responsible for client account coordination and assisting in the development and implementation of strategic marketing plans that drive results for clients.  She brings more than 10 years of marketing, sales and project management experience to GRIT.  

Prior to joining the GRIT team in 2014, she served as the regional volunteer/youth specialist at the American Red Cross serving Central PA. During her time, she implemented new educational programs in the schools, leading to Red Cross presence in school districts increasing from six to nine counties. She previously worked in various marketing and sales capacities at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, York County Convention and Visitors Bureau (YCCVB) and Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania.

Janell graduated cum laude from Elon University in North Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and with concentrations in creative and professional writing.  She’s back home in York, PA raising her family.  She lives in Lancaster County with her husband, daughter, son and Puggle named Izzie.  

What are you most passionate about professionally?
I am passionate about delivering a great product. I love when the final product is everything I envisioned it could be. I’m excited about helping clients achieve success and having them return for more work because of the positive experience they had.

What do you love? What do you enjoy?
I love spending time with my family and friends whether it be a meal at home, going to farmers’ markets or touring the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail. I also love football so we are in front of the TV most fall weekends cheering on the University of Michigan Wolverines.  I’m known for my sweet tooth so I’m always looking for an excuse to bake something.

What is your guilty pleasure TV show?
Definitely crime dramas such as Criminal Minds and Law & Order. My husband thinks these shows are silly and refuses to watch them with me but I really enjoy them.  I even consider myself a bit of a police procedure expert now, ha ha!