“Jo is a unique, talented and insightful writer as she is a dedicated researcher and great listener. I invited Jo to be part of the Indigenous studies and Human Rights department after getting to know her work with the Gumbaynggir community and her writing through WOW (Women Owning Words, NSW). ”
Beatrice Maud Ballangarry, Founder of Women Owning Words (WOW) and Aboriginal Elder of the Gumbaynggir people, Indigenous Studies and Human Rights Department, TAFE NSW
"I have not had the privilege of meeting many people of Joanne's caliber. She is a dedicated, intelligent, engaging, kind and compassionate woman with a zest for life and a drive to improve the world around her. She is an excellent teacher, and she learns as easily as she teaches. She took a great deal of interest in the work I did when we treated patients together, (on the NATO base in Afghanistan) and she asked as many questions as she answered while she was teaching me. I find her zest for learning to be a refreshing change from most of academia and the health care community."
Dr. Robert W. Calhoun, MD USAF -deployed to Afghanistan 2016
“Joanne is dedicated to effective performance and high quality work. Her goal is not to waste resources but to reach maximum results with the limited resources available. Joanne is not the type to need hand-holding, on the contrary she has volunteered her own time to help others."
Ms. Hasmik Mikayelyan, Cultural and Education Affairs Specialist, Public Affairs Office, US Embassy in Armenia 2008-2010