Joanne was born and raised outside of Chicago, Illinois where she met and married attorney Bob Ryan. Together, they have three boys and enjoy spending family time at Lake Tahoe where they ski, bike and boat. Joanne is also an avid reader.
She received her BS in Math and Computer Science from the University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana and her MBA from the University of Nevada, and currently works as a Senior Launch Manager at Microsoft- Redmond, WA.
As one of the original, founding members of the Sierra Kids Foundation board of directors, Joanne understands deeply the need to help families struggling with autism.