Joan was rescued by Jenny – like a little puppy at the pound who was waiting for the right home. After 20 years as a real estate broker Joan went back to school, earned a MBA in 2010, then went back to school again to get her paralegal certificate from UNC Chapel Hill. She entered the legal universe and, unfortunately for her but wonderfully for us, found rather rapidly that not all law firms are fun places to work.
Not that Joan couldn’t handle it, we’re pretty sure there are relatively few things she can’t. Joan grew up a Navy kid and has lived … well, everywhere for at least the first twelve years of her life A childhood of always being the new kid – and usually the tallest girl – has left her unfazed by new situations, a perfect attribute for anyone working in family law.
Like Mitzi, one of Joan’s most formative experiences was waiting tables. In her early twenties, she worked as a server at a Chinese restaurant that was just real-world reinforcement of something her parents taught her – work hard, smile even when you don’t feel like it and treat everyone the way you want to be treated.
We’re thrilled that Joan chose us and, even more so, that she enjoys the ‘80’s music that is always – always – playing in the office.
When Joan isn’t helping to make our office even more friendly and efficient she can be found either fishing or binging on Netflix – she doesn’t have cable at home or on the farm her family owns in South Carolina. She binges on documentaries and everything British, with the occasional sidetrack to Bogart and Raymond Chandler classics.
A voracious reader as well, she’s enraptured (read: reads over and over) with Dorothea Benton Frank’s novels of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Takes her to a place close to her heart.