About Joan

I know what it is like to strive to find the “right” balance between work, health, family and career. At age 36 all four life areas were significantly impacted when I went from being a healthy woman on the rise in her profession to a sick woman who, within 7 months, was demoted because I could no longer effectively juggle my 3 roles at work. (Bookstore manager, training manager and acting district manager).

Crohn’s Disease (initially diagnosed as Ulcerative Colitis) put a big dent in my sense of confidence and well-being. It most certainly wreaked havoc on my career.

I am happy to say that the symptoms of the disease have been in remission for 11 years. I wish I could tell you how and why, definitively. I can’t and I wouldn’t dare. There is no question that this experience has had a big impact on my sense of work, and on business and personal priorities. It most certainly taught me that in the end, the body wins!

When I first got well, I mean really well, I thought to myself, “this could not have all been for my own entertainment.” A series of uncanny events motivated me to write, in partnership with Rosalind Joffe, “Women, Work and Autoimmune Disease: Keep Working Girlfriend!” 4 years later, another set of synchronized events led to “Business from Bed: The 6-Step Comeback Plan to Get Yourself Working again After a Health Crisis,” this one a solo adventure.


Since 2001 I have been coaching independent professionals and small business owners who don’t fit the mold of the traditional goal-getter, encouraging them to discover their unique pathway to satisfaction and success in business. Introverts and people running a business while dealing with some kind of chronic condition, are my best clients.

Career Synopsis

My background includes 30-plus years engaged in personal and professional development, business administration and management, health benefits, human resources and career development. I used to be embarrassed by my apparent inability to identify one career path and stick to it, until I realized that the best jobs keep me engaged for longer when I am able to keep learning new things and and can enjoy working with good people. My past experiences include retail bookstore management, financial coaching, employee benefits, personnel management, staff training and development, and small business ownership.

Projects and Affiliations

Coaching created a variety of opportunities to volunteer work with various organizations and serve in different positions. They include:

  • Guest Blogger: RARE Daily, The Employment Plan and Adapting to Limitations. 2015 to 2017
  • Volunteer, Pilot Small Business Mentoring Program, Green America, 2010-2011
  • Director of Training and Licensing, Get Clients Now! ™ 2005-2009
  • President, Orange County Chapter of the International Coach Federation, 2004
  • Leadership Team, Orange County Chapter of the International Coach Federation, 2002-2006
  • Volunteer Coach, Working Wardrobes, Career guidance for teens in the Orange County, CA foster care system, 2002