For the past 13 years Joan has been a familiar face in the College of Education. Currently the Director of Advising and Certification Officer, she is the individual charged with helping students make important decisions about their college careers. Joan loves getting to know the students on a one-to-one basis and providing them with the guidance they need to make appropriate choices.
At Lewis since 1993, Joan started as a temporary employee in the College of Business. After a short time in University Advancement, she found her home in the College of Education. Joan’s position within the College slowly evolved, and as the College grew, so did her responsibilities.
“Everyone has been wonderful to work with,” she says. “The people I have met, the collegial atmosphere and the diversity of backgrounds create an environment which is professionally stimulating.” Joan also speaks highly of Lewis’ Tuition Exchange program, which allows employees and their immediate family members to receive free or discounted tuition. Both of her daughters took advantage of this wonderful benefit, and in 2001, Joan completed a master’s degree in school counseling & guidance.
Lewis has provided Joan with opportunities for growth in other areas as well. She took part in a Lasallian Mission Formation program. “It affirmed for me that what I do for the University is what John Baptist de La Salle and the Christian Brothers were striving for. It made the Mission come alive.” Additionally, she has been on several University task force committees, has been an ICE (Introduction to College Experience) Mentor, and has had the opportunity to travel to Ukraine as a participant of Partners in Education. Being an employee of Lewis means more to Joan than just having a job to do; it also means being part of a larger, more rewarding and meaningful experience.