With a background in creative arts therapy, Joan previously held the position of Assistant Executive Director at a non-profit agency where she was responsible for program development and operations. Her interest in the special events industry developed during her work as Director of Operations at Mrs. John L. Strong Fine Stationery, overseeing the showroom on Madison Avenue, the boutique at Barneys New York, and workroom operations. In addition to day-to-day management, Joan coordinated the work of an international network of artisans, participated in product development, and expansion of the company into additional US and European locations.
Joan completed a certificate in Meeting and Event Management at New York University, followed by an internship with Empire Force Events. She holds an M.A. in Dance Education from Columbia University Teachers College and a B.A. in History from the University of Iowa.
Joan has brought her low key style, commitment to collaboration, and analytical skills to her work as an Independent Event Planner, and her role as Executive Director for the ISES New York Metro Chapter.