Director of Alumni Relations and Development, University of Utah – College of Nursing
Janzell’s long career at the University of Utah started with ten years in student affairs before she started managing the College of Nursing’s alumni relations over five years ago. Through these years, Janzell has directed the launch of a renewed Alumni Weekend, including a Half Century Society; Distinguished and Young Alumni Awards; and an annual spring gala, Honors for Nursing, which she and her team said goodbye to while celebrating its 25th anniversary last year. With her roots in student affairs, Janzell strives to ensure current students have a great experience in their programs in hopes that they will continue to be engaged alumni. She was born and raised in Hawaii, received her bachelor’s degree in business, moved to Utah, received her master’s in public administration and enjoys singing and performing around town. As a part Hawaiian, Chinese, Korean, and Norwegian woman, she proudly proclaims her multi-racial identities and is invested in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work. Though she does not seem old enough, she has been married for more than 18 years and adores her two “mediums” (as she calls them), while finding the right balance as a working mom. She says the best part of her job is reconnecting with college graduates from the 1940s, 50s and 60s, many of whom have been disengaged for decades.