Joanne dreamed of becoming a doctor, but her life path changed when she got married early and was pregnant with her first child by nineteen. After her baby was born prematurely, Joanne decided to be a stay-at-home mother to care for her child. To provide for his family, her husband enlisted in the military. During her husband’s fourteen-year tenure, they had two more children. Both her second and third pregnancies were difficult and both babies were born prematurely. After her husband completed his service, their family relocated to New York, where Joanne supported her husband’s dream to become a firefighter. After her husband achieved his goal, Joanne committed to pursuing her dream. Joanne enrolled at Lehman College to pursue a degree in Nursing.

“I am honing the necessary traits needed to be an excellent nurse such as leadership, compassion, and knowledge. My greatest goal is to help others in any way I can.”