- B.A. English, California State University, Los Angeles
- Supervisory Principles Laboratory, University of California, Los Angeles
- Verbal Judo Training (Tactical Communication Skills), The California State University, Office of the Chancellor
- Instructor Development Certification from California State University, Department of Public Safety
Jo Anne is a 1971 Alumna of San Gabriel Mission High School. Upon graduation from Cal-State, Los Angeles, Jo Anne secured a position as Administrative Operations Analyst with the university and remained there for 29 years. During that time, Jo Anne served as Chapter President for the California State Employees Association for 10 years as well as the Newsletter Editor for “CSEA Open Form.” She also served on numerous campus committees, including the appointment to the Strategic Planning Committee by the University President, James Rosser.
Upon her early retirement from Cal-State, Los Angeles, Jo Anne has pursued a freelance writing career. She has been a contributing writer to various publications including, "Temple City Life," "The University Employee," and the "Wyvernwood Chronicle." She has worked for two local newspapers, and most recently was the Editor of the "Mid Valley News."
Currently, Jo Anne writes press releases for SGMHS submitting them to "The Angelus," "Pasadena Star News," "SGV Now," "The San Marino Tribune," and all of the Beacon Media weekly newspapers. In addition, while working in the library, she serves as advisor to the Writing Interns at SGMHS who write for the "SGV Now." Jo Anne is also a contributing writer to the SGV Now.
Jo Anne’s love for writing came during her sophomore year at SGMHS. Now she hopes to foster and discover budding writers as she tutors fellow lady Pioneers.
When she is not working, Jo Anne loves to visit Disneyland. She enjoys writing, walks along the beach at Morro Bay, and college football, especially the USC Trojans. Jo Anne resides in Temple City and attends St. Luke Catholic Church.