Janell Renee Johnson is honored to serve on the 2013-2014 AMSA Board of Trustees as International Trustee and on the AMSA Foundation Board. She has been involved in AMSA since her first year of medical school and continues to become more involved as she completes her second year at the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara in Mexico. Currently serving as her local chapter’s treasurer, she has participated in activities such as free community health clinics, care packages for kids with cancer, geriatric appreciation day, various fundraisers, two national AMSA conventions and a student welcome back luau. Other leadership positions Janell holds at UAG include North American Student Association (NASA) class representative and NASA Executive Board Editor-in-Chief.
Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Janell graduated from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology Pre-Med and a minor in Chemistry. While completing her undergrad studies, Janell gained valuable experience working as an optometric technician and as a CNA in a nursing home, a psychiatric unit and in the emergency admitting unit at North Kansas City Hospital. Extracurricular activities she enjoyed included serving as a sponsor for her church youth group, Young Life Capernaum as a leader for special needs students, guiding the wonderful women on her dormitory floor (B4S: Burgess Babes) as a Discipleship Leader, and on DRIVE, a church impact team that traveled to different parts of the United States and ministered in worship, manual labor and drama.
Janell has volunteered in several mission trips throughout high school and college. She has traveled to Israel, Jamaica, Peru, several cities in Mexico in addition to many cities and states in the U.S. Recently, she adventured down to Cusco, Peru to teach deaf and special needs children. In Guadalajara, when not savoring a delicious taco or tamal, she continues to reach out to others during the weekends, where she works in the public hospital ER overnight, visits orphanages and provides medical care for immigrants on their journeys from South and Central America and Mexico to the United States. Janell’s goal in life is to be the best medical doctor possible and to help those throughout the world who are unable to access health care and daily living necessities by using compassion and her medical knowledge. She loves to read, write, act, attend church and Bible study and spoil her baby beagle, Daisy, in her free time. Other interests include traveling, swimming, computer gaming, photography, SCUBA diving and deep sea fishing.