For over a quarter century, Joanne has been the leading force in bringing the Hyde opportunity to under-served communities in America. She has played a key role in establishing Hyde schools and affiliates in New Haven, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Washington DC, Prince George’s County (MD), Orlando FL, and other communities. Thousands of children and families, most of whom do not possess the means to access a Hyde boarding education, have been given the opportunity to develop their character and discover their own unique potential. Hailing from Lowell, Massachusetts, Joanne followed brothers Ken ’71 and Harold ’74 to Hyde. She arrived in the fall of 1971 with the first cohort of girls to enroll at Hyde. Hence, she has been a trailblazer in any sense of the word for most of her life. After Hyde, Joanne received her BA in Urban Studies from Wellesley College, an MA in Human Resource Development from American International College, and a C.A.G. from Southern Connecticut State University. She has also completed all the course work in the Education Administration Doctoral Program at Howard University and is currently working on her dissertation. An award-winning community service member, Joanne has served as a member of the National Black Child Development Institute, the Association of Supervisors of Curriculum and Development and as an advocate for children in the court system. She has also worked with African Peace Partners to help support children and families in Rwanda. Finally, Joanne is all about family. Not only did she follow two siblings to Hyde, she had two children graduate as well — Kevin ’98 and Lauren ’01. Furthermore, stepson Pierre ‘98 graduated from Hyde-New Haven. She and husband Pierre have also broadened the very definition of family. In fact, over the years they have fostered, cared for, and welcomed children into their family as needed.