Joanne was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She Graduated from Washington State University and completed post-graduate studies at Central Washington University. Joanne taught for 21 years in Washington public schools and was a Parent Education Instructor at Bellevue Community College and Parent Education Director at Green River Community College.
She is very involved in the community having served for over 15 years as a King County Youth Diversion Volunteer. She also is on the Board of Directors for the Puget Sound Educational Service District “121”, and is a Fire Commissioner for the King County Fire District “44”.
Joanne is a member of Kiwanis of the Valley and Messiah Lutheran Church. She has a very close family of 3 daughters (and sons-in-Law), as well as 2 grandchildren.