Joan received a love of the outdoors at an early age from weekend family cabin trips on the Des Moines river in Iowa. She played games of who could light a fire faster, who could build the strongest fort and who could find the most fossils. She has a B.A. in Geology and Environmental Studies from Cornell College, IA. She came to Kaiser Permanente in 1989 and began her career in the Pharmacy, then after a few years changed to Material Management and now has worked in Schedule Maintenance for 9 years.

Her favorite hike is the Grand Canyon, down to Phantom Ranch and back up Bright Angel trail. She always incorporates hiking on her vacations which could be big hikes in National Parks like Mount St. Helens, Mt. Lassen, Crater Lake, Half Dome Yosemite or finding city walking trails on visit to Midwest like the Bridge Trail in Ottumwa, IA. Most weekends, you will find her either hiking Auburn canyon area or in the Sierra’s. Joan has hiked Mt. Tallac, Mt. Rose, Donner Peak to name a few of the Sierra hikes. She has a goal of completing the Tahoe Rim trail. Joan has a cat named Princess Penny and enjoys cooking and Photography, going to museums along with spending time with family and friends.