JANELLE M. LYNCH joined Malady & Wooten in September of 2013, bringing invaluable experience and expertise on health and human services issues. Prior to joining the firm, Janelle served the Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus in numerous roles where she focused on health and human services policy.
As Executive Director of the House Children and Youth Committee, Janelle worked on a variety of issues to improve the safety and well-being of children in the Commonwealth, including the Public Health Child Death Review Act, Freedom to Breastfeed Act, and the Children in Foster Care Act. She also served as the Executive Director of the House Health Committee, where she played an integral role in the passage of several healthcare bills in the areas of hospital licensure, women's health and telemedicine. At the end of 2012 she joined the House Appropriations Committee staff as a Budget Analyst where she oversaw the budgets of several departments including the Departments of Aging, Health, and Human Services.
Since joining the firm, Janelle has been instrumental in drafting and advocating for the passage of legislation to benefit the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable citizens, including the passage and implementation of Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program.
Prior to embarking on a career in government, Janelle spent more than a decade working directly for organizations similar to those she now advocates for. From her first professional employment in the Child Psychiatric Unit at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center to a Blended Case Manager in Dauphin County, Janelle has spent the entirety of her career serving those in need, whether directly or indirectly. This real-world experience has proved valuable in her ability to craft and advocate for sound public policy.
Janelle earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreational Therapy with a concentration in mental health from the Pennsylvania State University. She is a proud “army brat” and spent much of her childhood traveling before returning to central Pennsylvania, where she graduated from Lower Dauphin High School. She and her family reside just outside of Harrisburg.