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WQ 307 Phone: 765-285-1560
Division of Strategic Communications
West Quad, Room 304
Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana 47306
likes to joke that she has a long and checkered past, but her entire career has
focused on strategic communications. She happily brought this experience to the
beloved university near her childhood home—Ball State.
Her career here began in 2011, when she was hired as executive
director of public relations. Now, with the vice president of Strategic
Communications, she leads the division, which functions as a full-service
public relations operation—which puts her extensive experience to use for the
love of a good story led her into radio as a copywriter, DJ, radio show host,
and news director. She soon moved into print journalism, dabbled in TV, and
worked for Voice of America.
next took a job with United Press International and soon was the bureau’s
manager. She later was an editor for Emmis Publishing, then became
editor-in-chief of an Indianapolis city magazine. From there, she was recruited
by Eli Lilly and Company to advise company leaders about managing the media,
promoting the company’s work, and helping handle crises. She also played a
role in the Fortune 100 company’s revised branding initiative, the company’s first
such endeavor in decades.
her limited free time, Joan stays in touch with her two grown offspring, manages
her small farm, a herd of horses, several dogs, cats, chickens, and some
wildlife that have made themselves at home.
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