Joan was born in Weisbaden, Germany, the daughter of an Air Force F-105 pilot. He served a total of 22 years in three wars. Her mother was a government court reporter and legal secretary for 46 years before retiring. In 1965 when she was 10, Joan’s father was killed in Viet Nam. Her mother decided to stay in the Midwest and raise her five children. Joan graduated from junior college, then received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Administration of Justice from Wichita State University.
After traveling to 26 foreign countries, she served two years on the police force as a traffic investigator. She then worked a total of 17 years as a buyer at the Boeing Company, receiving a Secret Clearance to procure parts for Air Force One from 1986-1990. In 1999, Joan took a voluntary layoff to stay home with her four sons. She began a small homebuilding business with her husband which continued for six years until his death in 2006.
In 2003, she also founded a non-profit organization to improve the legal system and help people find lawyers they could trust. Joan has been self-employed as a business consultant with Improv Business Consulting since 2011. Her efforts are to resolve disputes before they turn into lawsuits and offer solutions according to the Bible. In the past three years, Joan has also taken in homeless and disabled young people, assisting them with food, clothing, transportation, resumes and finding jobs. Her four sons are now grown, and now it’s time for her to go to Washington and FIGHT – for the people!