Joanne has worked for over 30 years in the field of developmental disabilities. Her experience includes 3 decades of volunteer work with Special Olympics. Joanne was at the forefront of the creation of the first Special Olympics programs here on Staten Island. Professionally, Joanne has worked to develop programs to enhance the functioning abilities and quality of life for people with cognitive and physical disabilities, Alzheimer’s/ dementia, autism and neurological disorders. She has worked within Lifestyles programs for the last 17 years, including working with the “Pee Wee Program” (which focuses on developmentally disabled children, aged 6-9). Her work with Lifestyles has come full-circle as she now acts as Director of the Lifestyles Educational Center (884 Targee Street). Joanne was named Woman of Achievement on Staten Island in 2004. She received her BS from State University College at Plattsburgh, NY, MS from Long Island University, MS Ed from Lehman College.