JoAnne is a Senior Consultant with The Stephen Group, where she brings an intersectional lens and more than 20 years of experience in child welfare. JoAnne spent her career working directly with abused and neglected children and their families. She has provided direct services to youth in foster care and youth who elect to extend services beyond foster care as well as consultation and mentorship to new field staff, university social work interns and served on many child welfare workgroups over the past two decades.

JoAnne is skilled at developing programming, building communication, and cultivating connections between diverse stakeholder groups including state agencies, nonprofit service providers, and the private sector. She has experience in developing program evaluation and data analysis, and planning and executing regional and statewide events. Her work has involved improving behavioral health services delivery and improving health for clients.

JoAnne’s expertise includes writing as well as serving as a subject matter expert in the development of policy and standard operating procedures. She has deep experience in project management, progress monitoring, stakeholder outreach, and analyzing data to improve work processes and optimize operational performance. JoAnne has developed extensive knowledge of child welfare, evidence-based practices and treatments, special education, behavioral health, ICWA, child development, substance use disorder, trauma-informed care, Medicaid services, home-based therapeutic services, care coordination, TANF, WIC, SNAP, housing services, Juvenile Justice, Family First Prevention Act and other Federal Laws that impact service delivery in child welfare and juvenile justice.

JoAnne earned her BA in Cultural Anthropology from The University of California, Berkeley, and MSW from The University of New Hampshire. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.