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“You guys don’t realize what you’ve got here,” said a student who was only on campus one semester and who received most of her seminary training in another location. When asked to elaborate, she said that the feel of community on this campus is different than she experienced anywhere else. She was pleasantly surprised that seminary faculty, staff and students alike are encouraged to attend and participate regularly in chapel, community lunches, meetings, etc.
These comments helped clarify what Joanna already knows and experiences. As Administrative Assistant to the Seminary Dean, she coordinates an amazing office staff with varied gifts and abilities who exemplify servant leadership at its best. Comments such as “that’s not my job,” or “that’s beneath my abilities,” are not heard in the administrative suite. When there is a project to be completed, the staff works together to accomplish what they feel is best for the seminary community.
Prior to working at EMS, Joanna taught computer, accounting and keyboarding classes at Eastern Mennonite High School (EMHS) for five years and an additional 13 years at Massanutten Technical Center and EMU. For eight years she was the bookkeeper at Rockingham Eye Physicians. In 1999 she began as the Assistant for Seminary Development at Eastern Mennonite Seminary and in 2001 became the Administrative Assistant to the Seminary Dean.
She and her husband Duane are the parents of three adult children and grandparents of five.
B.S., Eastern Mennonite University