Born in Michigan to a Ford Motor Company Manager and a housewife, Janis thought "I'm going to grow up, have kids and die in Detroit." At the age of 12 her father was transferred to Europe and her teen years were spent in private boarding schools in England and Switzerland.
Janis has traveled all over the world from America to Europe and back around to Asia. Coming back to the States to graduate from high school, she missed out on a four year drama scholarship "By That Much!"
Janis decided to become a registered nurse. Nursing School was tough, but she survived; and when an Army recruiter came around and promised she would be stationed in Europe - she signed up. As the Vietnam War escalated, she was ordered to go. She landed in Cam Ranh Bay at the age of 21.
After the war, she transferred from active duty to the Army Reserves where she served for 26 years, including active duty during Desert Storm.
Janis, in the seventies, moved to Aspen, Colorado to become a Certified Professional Ski Instructor.