Joanna represents the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) on the Community Advisory Committee. As Planning Coordinator for TCDD, Joanna facilitates the development of TCDD’s State Plan, guides the development of projects, oversees completion of the Annual Program Performance Report, and provides other technical assistance as needed. Joanna is also the lead staff to provide support to the Council’s Project Development Committee and materials to inform decisions made by the Executive Committee and Council. Prior to coming to TCDD, Joanna worked as a direct support provider, and a staff psychologist/behavior analyst specializing in providing support to individuals who had intellectual disabilities, mental health diagnoses and/or complex behavioral support needs. She also apprenticed as a service dog trainer. In addition to professional experience working with people who have complex support needs, Joanna has personal experience with serious mental illness and physical disabilities.