Joy considers herself to be an outlier and visionary with proven results as a “game changer”. Joy is a fiscally responsible leader who brings the vision, passion, entrepreneurial mindset and expertise needed to achieve outcomes. She is recognized as an engaging conversationalist, motivator, and a passionate healthcare professional who continues to serve as the face of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation, St Louis Chapter for over five years. Joy is innovative, action-oriented, and focused.
Beginning her career as a registered nurse, Joy has built on her passion for healthcare and holds a master’s degree in healthcare management.
Joy has years of experience in the hospital and emergency department settings, and as a school nurse. Joy is presently the President of the Richmond Heights Chamber of Commerce and serves on the SSM St. Mary’s Health Center’s Community Advisory Board. Joy is an alumnus of FOCUS Leadership St. Louis Class of 2010 and Women’s Executive Director Leadership Academy through Non Profit Services of St Louis.
Joy has a daughter who suffers from moderate to severe asthma. She knows firsthand the emotional stress of the parents and the child. Joy also recognizes the lack of asthma management education with those who have asthma and their caregivers. Joy’s desire is to see a better management plan for asthma care among healthcare providers throughout the St. Louis community and the state of Missouri. Her ambitious goal is to provide influence to policymakers throughout the country.
Under Joy’s leadership, the state of Missouri, in 2012, was the first state to allow school nurses to stock the rescue medication for any child who suffers an asthma attack in the public school setting. In 2014, another first statewide effort, legislation was passed for Medicaid reimbursement for asthma education and healthy home assessments for those children identified as high risk suffering from asthma. Missouri is presently awaiting Governor Nixon’s release of the funds to implement the statewide program in the fee-for-service environment.
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