The Director of the Department of Restoring Refugees has been active in assistance to Syrian, Iraqi and Sudanese refugee families in Jordan since 2012, both independently and through collaboration with other organizations. Living in Jordan from 2009 to 2015 permitted her to know and understand the culture, the people and their needs.
For the last seven years, she has spearheaded fundraising projects geared toward food, clothing, and emergency assistance for refugee families and manages the disbursement of aid.
Joanne has 32 years of previous combined experience working with charitable non-profit organizations and serving on various boards, including one in which she founded along with her husband, Phillip. Her passions include developing long-term strategies to assist refugees, fundraising and teaching ESL. In her free time, Joanne enjoys cooking and baking, entertaining, gardening, writing, and traveling.