Joan has made Colorado Springs her home since 1988. She is retired from Colorado Springs School District 11 after 23 years of teaching in elementary school. She has also taught in District 20, been an assessment administrator for NAEP, and a tutor since retiring. Joan and her husband own Nurse Next Door – Colo Springs which is a home health care business specializing in keeping people in their homes as long as possible. She and her husband have two girls and four grandsons all living in Colorado.