Joan is a writer and event producer and producer of documentaries. Her previous positions include reporter for the Marin Independent Journal and Crittenden News Service, columnist for The News Marin and Assistant to the President for Public Information at College of Marin . Margaret Mead, Dr. Benjamin Spock, Gene Kelley and Julia Childs are among the people she has interviewed.
She has served as president of the Marin County Board of Education, Northern California Peace Corps Association, Marin Shakespeare Festival, Marin YMCA, Marin Chapter of National Women’s Political Caucus and Wednesday Morning Dialogue. She currently serves as an advisor to the San Quentin News and is on the board of directors of Marin Shakespeare Company. A San Francisco native, she is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and received a BA in Journalism from San Francisco State University . She has one son, Scott, a lighting director, who lives in Honolulu .