Janis resides in Chevy Chase, Maryland and Vail, Colorado. She and her husband have four children and a host son from the A Better Chance program.

Janis earned her Masters degree in art education from Connecticut. She has taught art in public schools, kindergarten through 12th grade, and pre-school and kindergarten for the Jewish Community Center.

She has been on many boards of directors including Hadassah, Congregation Kol Haverim, A Better Chance, and Hartwell Soccer. Besides Segal Family Foundation, she is presently on the board of Artists in Real Time, The University of Hartford, and SFF partners Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project and S.O.U.L. Foundation. In addition, she has experience fundraising for the National Epilepsy Foundation and the American Cancer Society.