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Joanne was born in Ohio. Her family moved to Albuquerque when she was twelve. After graduating from Manzano High School she attended UNM for two years. In 1980 she and her own family moved to Las Cruces, where she eventually completed her undergraduate and MBA degrees at NMSU, while raising two kids as a single mom.
In 1990, her passion for traffic safety issues led her to work for the New Mexico Department of Transportation, and partner with federal and local governments to set up Community DWI Task Forces statewide, designed to take New Mexico out of its position as the state with the highest DWI death rate in the country. And it worked! Today, as a result of Joanne's and others efforts, less than half as many people die in DWI crashes as they did 20 years ago.
In 1999, Joanne moved back to Las Cruces with her husband Rich. They decided that they wanted to continue to impact their local community through volunteer work with both Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Mesilla Valley DWI Resource Center. Joanne has worked tirelessly to reduce the incidence of DWI crashes in our county, and to help educate the community about the consequences of drunk driving and the dangers associated with underage drinking.
Her volunteer work also includes the Make A Wish Foundation of NM, as a Board Member and Wish Grantor. She and her husband Rich enjoy meeting young families throughout Southern New Mexico, who have children with life threatening illnesses, and facilitate a wish that will bring them strength, joy and happiness.
She is immediate past co-chair for the Coalition for Pets and People (to reduce the need for euthanizing thousands of dogs and cats a year) and presently serves as a Commissioner for the Las Cruces Planning and Zoning Commission (which reviews planning, zoning and variance issues throughout the City).
To get in touch, volunteer or send a contribution, contact Joanne at:
6100 Morning Sun Way
Las Cruces, NM 88012
Telephone: (575) 382-6425