Joan 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 she leads the division, which functions as a full-service public relations operation—which puts her extensive experience to use for the university.
Joan's 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.
Joan 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.
In 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.