Creative, entrepreneurial leader with a compassionate leadership style and a strong history of developing innovative ideas into effective well-funded social impact models. JoAnn has over twenty years experience in leadership roles such as directing the NYS Center for Best Practices to Prevent Childhood Obesity, evaluating the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s childhood obesity prevention programs, and for the FLOTUS Let’s Move program. She has managed all aspects of complex health programs in the fields of public health, health science research, community development, and youth initiatives. She is currently a consultant for several children’s wellness program. JoAnn is trained in pediatric ethics, and is a grant writer, program evaluator, strategic planner, and health writer. 

JoAnn holds an MS in Bioethics from Albany Medical College, an MPH from the State University of New York, and a BA from Columbia University in Liberal Arts. She has been quoted in the Guardian, Albany Times Union, Scholastic Magazine, and her work has been referenced on the Daily Show, CNN, and in several academic books. JoAnn’s writes a blog for Psychology Today, Children at the Table. JoAnn is also the author of Howard Be Thy Name, a novel that she hopes people will read, share, and then talk about how to prevent child sexual abuse within and outside the family.

JoAnn’s breadth of experience working with community organizations, policymakers, schools, parents, businesses, and government officials on a wide variety of health issues makes her well suited to help communities, schools, families, and clinicians' create a healthier and happier environment for children to grow and learn. 

Specialties: Program Management, Community Development, Public Health, Childhood Obesity Prevention, Child Sexual Abuse, Research and Writing, and Bioethics.