Joann originally hails from the mid-Atlantic east coast having grown up in northern Virginia and spending much of her early adulthood in North Carolina. She and her husband David moved to Montana in 2004 with plans to build their retirement home in Seeley Lake. Meanwhile Joann worked as a data management specialist for The University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station. It was while at the biostation that she learned about the zebra mussels and recognized the threat they posed to the Clearwater Chain of Lakes in the Seeley-Swan Valley – her intended retirement home. She initiated an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) outreach and monitoring program in the Seeley Lake region which connected her with the Clearwater Resource Council (CRC) where she ultimately took the position of Aquatics Program Director. Her AIS work also resulted in her first term as a director on the Missoula County Weed Board, bringing an aquatics perspective to the board. Now fully retired but still actively volunteering with CRC’s aquatic programs, Joann is serving her second term on the Weed District Board.