Joanna has had a long-lived passion and curiosity for the arts and life sciences. She was traditionally trained in the fine arts prior to receiving her undergraduate degree in Biology from Meredith College. Alongside her undergraduate studies, she conducted biomedical research at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. While there, she became aware of the communication gap between scientists and the public, which sparked her eagerness to help scientists educate audiences through illustration. She brought this enthusiasm with her to the Rochester Institute of Technology, where she earned a graduate degree in Medical Illustration.
Since joining Impact, Joanna has consulted on intellectual property, contract, and antitrust matters through arbitration and trial. She has also proudly supported several pro bono efforts that have pursued justice for inhumanely treated immigrants who arrived at the US Southern border seeking asylum, Native Americans living in Montana whose voting rights were unconstitutionally restricted, Americans whose First Amendment rights to free speech and protest were violated, and women in Mississippi whose reproductive health is currently threatened by state legislation restricting abortions after the first 15 weeks of pregnancy.
Joanna has also led several graphics teams through trial and, most recently, guided a team through the trial for Holmes v. Moore by assisting plaintiffs in their fight to strike down a discriminatory voter ID law in North Carolina that hinders the ability of African American voters from casting their ballots.
When she steps away from her home office, Joanna enjoys all things food, exploring NYC, and relief printmaking.
Meredith College (B.S. Biology)
Rochester Institute of Technology (M.F.A. Medical Illustration)