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JoAnn is the mother of five children and twelve grandchildren! She is a native of South Dakota and spent time living in Washington and northern California before moving south to Escondido. She joined the Grace Lutheran Church congregation in 1978 and has been an active member ever since. JoAnn worked as a volunteer in the school for many years in various capacities—eight of those years were as school Librarian. Three of her children attended and graduated from Grace Lutheran School.

In 1999, JoAnn accepted the position of Church Secretary and has become indispensible to the Church Ministry Staff. Her cordial and confidential manner has been a blessing to our church. She enjoys watching sports, reading, caring for her cats (dogs, too), and spending time with all of her grandchildren.