I have the honor of serving as the Chief of Staff for our Mission Leadership Team and the Manager of Internal Communications at our Denver Support Center. As Chief of Staff, I serve our leadership team by ensuring that they discuss the most important things so they can best directly serve our 800 campus missionaries, and I serve our campus, regional and Denver Support Center staff by streamlining all communication they receive so they can be free to serve this mission! For our campus missionaries, especially, we want to make sure they can be free to lead Bible studies, share the Gospel, and spend radical time with college students as much as possible.
As an undergraduate student at Loras College, my life was significantly impacted by two FOCUS missionaries: Lisa and Katie. They showed me that living a life for Christ was relevant and joyful, and I wanted the same joy they had. While I had an incredible foundation of faith laid in my childhood and throughout high school, I came to know Christ deeply and more personally during college, and after that, my life was never the same.
I answered the call to serve with FOCUS in 2010 after nearly two years of working in the marketing field outside of Chicago right after college graduation. I had the honor of serving four years on campus: my first year at Bradley University and three years at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.
In May of 2014 I joined our national FOCUS efforts in Denver as the National Manager of FOCUS Greek, an intentional effort within our organization to reach and serve those in fraternities and sororities. I served in that role for seven years working with more than 200 Greek staff and seeing the Lord transform the lives of thousands of students in the Greek system, before making the switch to my current roles in June of 2021.
When I answered the call to join FOCUS, I made the decision to rely on the spiritual and financial support of mission partners to help me through this mission. What an incredible opportunity it has been to see the Lord work in the hearts of the students on campus and none of it is possible without a team of supporters! If you are interested in partnering with me, please considering joining me with a monthly gift by clicking “Support Joanna” above. It would be an honor to partner with you in this mission!