Joanne began her career as a guidance counselor for high school students. College counseling was and is her life’s passion with the goal of selecting the “best fit college” for each student. It is one of the most important decisions that a person makes in formulating their future plans. She earned a PhD from the University of Connecticut in Educational Leadership along with three Master’s degrees in Counselor Education. She designed and implemented a developmental guidance program incorporating aptitude and interest assessment, extensive college research and visitation program, serving as regional representative to the College Board. She organized the school’s first Air Force Junior ROTC program, while serving as an admissions representative for the Air Force Academy. She has extensive experience in researching colleges, administering SAT’s and ACT’s, writing college recommendations, assisting students with college essays and applications, and searching for appropriate scholarships and financial aid.
In addition, Joanne administers the National Assessment of Educational Progress exam, serves on the Board of Directors for Sheraton properties in Orlando and Cancun, is president of Beta Epsilon which is an honorary organization for women educators, has served on NEASC evaluation teams which evaluate and accredit school systems nationwide, and has worked as a college consultant for companies in California and Connecticut. She has served on two Boards of Education, ensuring the schools provided exceptional programming for the students, and a local Youth Services board. She has extensive military experience, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel from the Air Force Reserve and admissions liaison to the USAFA. She has visited many colleges both as a counselor and a parent, continues to travel the world, but still has a strong desire to share her knowledge and experience with young people in helping them maximize their school experience to better prepare them for their future endeavors.