Through an unlikely friendship with the last living D-Day Chaplain who survived Omaha Beach, a young woman is cured of death's sorrow and awakened to live a life of service.
Janelle was granted the Daughters of the American Revolution award upon her high school graduation in 1985. She earned a full ride to the University of Nebraska where she competed on the Lady 'Huskers NCAA Division I, three-time Big Eight and two-time Regional Championship softball team. She is a member of Delta Delta Delta national sorority and holds a masters degree in Instructional Leadership from National University. She is a single mother and has been teaching full-time near her hometown of La Palma, California, for fifteen years. She currently serves students attending the local continuation high school where she is developing The Hopefuls project, alternative teens paired with special needs children, healing the heart of service through performance art. This program is designed to build a better community of understanding while restoring the human spirit. Besides being a skilled artist and musician, Reiki master, certified massage technician and part-time commercial model and actress, Janelle is a versatile athlete having played professionally with Ladies League Baseball, 1997-1998. When she's not working, volunteering, tutoring, coaching or tinkering with her '63 Ford Falcon, she writes! "...with God all things are possible." Photo caption: "Chaplain Barber and Janelle Frese at Jack's" Janelle met the Chaplain on Memorial Day 2001 when he was 86. Since then they claim to have developed an eternal friendship of Biblical proportions, and they wish the same for everyone on Earth.