Areas of expertise: Addiction and recovery, homelessness, sexual abuse
Bio: Joanne is a handicapped woman and educator who lives outside of Boston, MA. She is a surivor of sexual abuse and has overcome 30 years of addiction and homelessness. Through her journey of recovery she has become a better woman, mother, grandmother, and friend. She believes it is important to speak about difficult subjects because all people have the right to be heard. She has worked extensively as a Community Advisory Board member with Healthcare for the Homeless both nationally and in Boston. In her free time, Joanne enjoys cooking with her sisters, watching old movies, and spending time with her grandchildren.
- Community Advisory Board Member for Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, including participant on HIV/AIDS subcommittee, 2005-present
- Community Advisory Board Member for National Healthcare for the Homeless Council, 2008-present
- Founding Member of “BAChome” Mayor’s Community Advisory Council on Homelessness, 2015-present
- National Consumer Scholar, National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs
- Creator and facilitator of “Safe for Me Too” training (addressing topic of sexual assault against homeless women)