Joan is a graduate of Middlebury College, holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and is a certified Academic Life Coach, member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) and Etiquette Consultant. She also as done training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
Her passion for education and dedication to helping students started when she spent two college summers working in the Academic Program Office at Choate, her alma mater. After graduating from Middlebury, she moved to New York City to satisfy her intellectual curiosity and to pursue a career as a reporter for FORTUNE Magazine. Joan spent 15 years traveling around the country, launching new business initiatives and working for major media companies such as Time Warner and America Online. Throughout this time in her career, she kept in touch with close friends and classmates in the field of education, thus creating an extensive network at secondary schools and colleges. Many years later, and after starting a family of her own, she has realized her dream of helping students explore their interests, gain confidence, develop life skills and reach their fullest potential.
Joan is involved at Middlebury through her work as a Class Agent and Co-Chair of the Reunion gift committee and was an Alumni Admission Interviewer for 14 years. She currently resides in Manchester-by- the-Sea, Massachusetts with her family and has three children who are managing the social and academic challenges of middle and high school.