Janine Wert, LICSW, serves as the Director of Veterans Services at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She designed and implemented the Veterans Services program there, increasing military Service member and student Veteran enrollment over the past two years from 500 to over 1,450 with the support of administration, faculty, staff and student Veterans. She assists and supports several other Veterans Service program throughout the country. Prior to her appointment at UMass Lowell, Ms. Wert served as a Readjustment Counselor and Family Therapist at the Lowell Vet Center, and as a Program Manager and Case Manager at the Manchester VA Medical Center, Manchester, NH. She founded and implemented the first Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) Program at the Dayton VA Medical Center, Dayton, OH.
Military service has been an inherent part of Janine's life as a career military daughter, career military spouse, and mother. Family members served during WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Strom, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and continue to serve today. She has both a personal and clinical understanding of the challenges and opportunities present in military service and the transition to civilian life.
Janine earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Florida and completed her Master of Social Work at The Ohio State University. She has clinical expertise in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury and Suicide Prevention. Ms. Wert currently serves on the SALUTE National Honor Society Executive Steering Committee and the Advisory Board of Operation Delta Dog.