Joy has over 25 years of experience working with adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD). Since 2005, Joy has successfully conceptualized and written grant initiatives to increase the health and quality of life of people with IDD. Joy has worked collaboratively with others to write and win grant awards to implement various dental related training programs and clinics to benefit individuals with IDD and professionals who wish to serve this population. One large award was from the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities to implement the “Integrated Dental Service Initiative”, which provided training to dentists in treating patients with special needs and included a free dental outreach providing dental treatment to 64 adults with IDD. Joy is a graduate of Shenandoah University, cum laude, with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation and Psychology, and she received her Master of Science degree in Recreation Therapy from the School of Public Health, Indiana University, in May 2014.
Joy is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) with the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification.
Joy’s current position involves Case Managerment of adults with IDD and elderly adults. Previous positions were: Site Director with Loudoun County YMCA, Grants & Special Projects Coordinator at the Northern Virginia Training Center (NVTC), Director of Therapeutic Recreation at NVTC, Manager of Therapeutic Recreation and Volunteer Services at NVTC, and Assistant Director of Therapeutic Recreation at NVTC. Joy has experience in clinical program development, volunteer program management, project management, and grant writing. Joy also currently works part-time with the Clarke County Parks and Recreation Department, teaching balance and mobility classes to senior citizens.
Joy serves as the current Chairman of the David H. Lawson Foundation and was instrumental in the start-up of the Foundation. Joy believes “it is an honor to help establish and develop this Foundation in memory of Dr. David H. Lawson, to carry on his legacy of increasing access to health and support services for people with IDD”.
Joy has been married to her husband Bill for 22 years. They have a daughter, Melodie, who is a senior in high school and a son, Andy, who is a sophomore in high school. They enjoy outdoor activities such as biking, swimming, hiking; playing with their pets, involvement in their church and community and fellowship with friends and extended family.