Born and raised in Quincy, Beth’s pseudonym, Ginger Betty’s is known throughout Boston. She has been a professional gingerbread maker for over twenty years. She attended college in New York and spent her weekends making gingerbread houses to sell to the wealthy families in Long Island. After working briefly in restaurant management, she returned home and continued to bake her magic out of her mother’s kitchen. Eventually she opened Ginger Betty’s which is a beloved institution in Quincy. She continues to give back to her community with her G.I Ginger Betty Foundation which she began to provide gingerbread houses to troops.
In her professional career, Janelle is a Director at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, a nationally recognized health services organization, where she oversees the company's community involvement initiatives. In addition, Janelle received a Master of Business Administration, her second Master degree, from Simmons College where she not only graduated with honors but was also inducted into the business honor society, Beta Gamma Sigma. Janelle accomplished all of this while working full time and raising her family. In 2016 Janelle was named a 40 under 40 business leaders by the Business Journal.
She is the National Spokesperson for Children of the Night and raises awareness to end Human Trafficking and promoting her I Am Valued Movement. Janelle serves on the Board of Directors for City Year Boston and Advisory Council of Needham Bank.
2018: Laurie Graf ’91 & Kristine Lilly
2017: Wendy Simmons P'12, P'16 & Beth Ann Strollo
2016: Chazy Dowaliby & Kathryn Murphy
2015: Judy Farmer & Therese Maloney ’47
2014: Carol Bulman & Michelle Stenberg
2013: Terry Bellotti-Palmieri & Latoyia Edwards
2012: Christa Hagearty & Josephine Shea
2011: Isobel Bertman & Ruth Paven ’46
2010: Dolly Di Pesa & Mary Hurley
2009: Katherine Hesse & Marianne Peak
2008: Sheila McIntyre & Linda Stice
2007: Phyllis Godwin & Rosemary Wahlberg