JoAnna is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner and holds a master's degree in Comparative Pathobiology (Animal Behavior and Welfare concentration) from Purdue University. She first developed a passion for animal behavior and welfare while working at a veterinary clinic in high school. Since then, JoAnna has read every book on the subject she can get her hands on and gotten as much training experience as she can. She graduated from Purdue University with her BS in Animal Sciences in 2014. Before starting grad school in 2019, JoAnna taught high school science in Mission, TX with Teach for America. She is very passionate about educating people about animals in order to improve animal welfare and the human-animal bond.
JoAnna and her fiancée, Phil, are parents to Foxy (chihuahua mix), Maple (red heeler mix), and Booger (cat). Foxy and Maple are very excited to be flower girls in the wedding, Booger elected to stay home. While dogs are JoAnna's primary passion, she also enjoys playing soccer, singing with various choirs, and shopping at Target.
JoAnna's pronouns are she/her.