Before arriving in Cleveland, Joanna worked in various social work settings including foster care, children services, and residential treatment for juvenile sexual offenders. In these positions, she focused on crisis intervention, risk and safety assessment, and familial and kinship reconciliation.
Joanna earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Eastern University in 2010 and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Religious Studies from Case Western Reserve University. She has also completed some graduate work in Art Therapy and Counseling with Ursuline College.
Q: Why is your work at the Begun Center important to you, to our community, and to the world? “It shows how education, knowledge, and research combined can profoundly impact the lives of individuals and communities. This work is evidence of how partnering with others locally and researching current issues can effect positive change while inspiring and empowering others in the process.”
Q: What is a cause about which you are particularly passionate? “Empowering those who feel voiceless. I feel that everyone, no matter where they come from or who they are, should feel heard and validated. This is an injustice that spreads across many disciplines, and I feel passionate about empowering others to be brave, to heal, and to make an impact.”