Joanna has been Secretary on the board of directors for SheRises, Inc. since June of 2019. She studied Psychology and Art at the University of Maryland, and also received a specialized certificate in Human Development. She is a member of Psi Chi (the International Honor Society in Psychology), the American Psychological Association, and the National Society for Leadership and Success. This background has fueled her desire for the implementation of programs at SheRises to help promote mental and emotional wellness, such as courses on stress management, self-compassion, work/life balance, and more.
As a former young, single mother herself, Joanna empathizes with the situations of these young women and is passionate about building a support system for the success and wellness of the young mothers and children in the SheRises programs.
In her personal life, Joanna is a heart disease survivor (HCM and CHF) who enjoys creating art, reading, gardening, learning new skills, and spending time outdoors. Most importantly though, she enjoys spending quality time with her two quickly growing children.