Busy mom stays community minded

With a busy career and being a mother to two young children, Janelle Holmgren could easily say she is too busy to help out in the community.

However, she prefers to get out and make an impact, rather than make excuses.

Holmgren of Marshalltown finds time to be very active in the community.

“If you want to make a difference and make change happen, you’ve got to make it happen yourself,” Holmgren said.

The 34-year-old works as human resources director at Emerson Process Management and is mother to Olivia, 6, and Aiden, 2. Her husband, Tim Holmgren, also has a busy schedule as the principal of Franklin Elementary School.

“I’ve always known I wanted kids,” Janelle Holmgren said. “They bring so much joy into your life and keep you young and active.”

Holmgren’s reach in the community is widespread. She serves on the boards of the Community Foundation and Child Abuse Prevention Services, is a Marshalltown Young Professional and is a deaconess at First Baptist Church.

She said she is able to take on everything through planning and scheduling and the flexibility of Tim.

Holmgren said there are no big trips or special occasions that stick out in her fond memories with her children. For the mom, it’s the everyday things that she cherishes.

“For me it’s the little things, like going sledding or going on a bike ride, and seeing them smile,” she said.

More memories will be made today in celebration of Mother’s Day. The family may go on a picnic or a bike ride to celebrate the occasion.

Often, the Holmgrens will be out in the community and the parents will get compliments about the respectful behavior of their children.

“That makes me very proud as a mother,” she said.

Holmgren said Marshalltown is a nice community to raise a family.

“I like the fact that everything is close and it is family oriented,” she said.

Tim said he is awe of how well his wife can juggle all of her responsibilities.

“I really admire her just because she’s able to both a professional and a mom,” he said.

Holmgren said she would describe her two kids as happy-go-lucky, and Olivia explained why.

“We are happy that we have a mommy that loves us,” Olivia said.