Janet holds a BSChE from University of Texas and an MBA from Rice University. She began her career with Shell Oil in refinery process and environmental engineering positions, and was soon promoted to become one of youngest engineers in Shell to hold P&L and line management responsibility for a large refinery manufacturing plant in Martinez, CA.

After leaving Shell for business school, she managed several marketing teams for Compaq Computers and also served as a VP for VYVX, the acquisition arm of Wiltel. In 1989, Janet co-founded CPLEX, a software company that she helped operate for 10 years before selling to ILOG, a publicly traded French company. Janet remained with ILOG in a variety of executive positions as that company grew rapidly from under 300 employees to almost 1000 employees, including executive VP positions in marketing and M&A, before successfully negotiating and executing the sale of ILOG to IBM in 2008. Janet remained as an IBM executive for several years under a retention agreement, but since resigning in 2010 offers consulting related to marketing and M&A, with clients including IBM.

Janet and her husband of 27 years, Todd, have lived in Incline since 1991 and have raised twin daughters (currently freshmen in universities on the east coast) in Incline Village. Janet has served on multiple non-profit boards related to education and literacy, and remains a trustee at Sage Ridge School, a private 5-12 college prep school in Reno, NV.