Dr. Joan, as her students often call her, received her doctorate in 1992 in Human Resource Development from VPI. She then ran a successful management training/consulting business focusing on TQM for over 20 years. In addition, she was a management professor at UMUC and was the primary designer for their web-based management courses. She says while in the past she used her creativity to improve organizations, she now channels her creativity into jewelry making. After retiring in 2008, she began teaching herself wire and other types of jewelry making. Then in 2011 she discovered WHLS and as they say, the rest is history. She has attended several times a year ever since and has taken multiple classes in silver, flame work glass, polymer clay, enameling, cold connections and Precious Metal Clay. However, in addition to taking classes at WHLS, she has had classes with almost all of the well-known polymer clay artists. She is now considered a multimedia jewelry artist where she often combines several media to make jewelry. She teaches jewelry making classes locally and is a WESCAGEM (a gem society) in Greenville, SC. Her jewelry is sold in several local shops and at a number of festivals each year.