In 1980 Joanne graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Applied Science. After graduating she became the program manager for HAVAR. In 1984, she decided to further her education and went back to school for nursing. She graduated in 1986 from Hocking College. Her first job as an RN was at the VNA. She enjoyed working with their Agency of Aging. In 2002, Joanne started working for the Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities. She has been working with adults with disabilities for the past 14 years. This has been her most rewarding part of her nursing career. Joanne has one son, Blake who is currently working at HAVAR. In her spare time she enjoys walking and biking.