JoAnn Martin is currently Administrator of Pettis County Health Center, the local public health agency. She will be transitioning to a new phase of her life beginning in January 2023 which will allow more time for volunteer activities in the areas of housing, helping children with autism, her church and other community activities.
She was educated at the University of Missouri-Columbia where she received a degree in nursing as well as a post-master certification as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. In addition, she has a MA in Adult and Continuing Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a Master in Community Health Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Work experience include staff nurse and education positions at Children’s Mercy Hospital, nursing faculty positions at St. Vincent Hospital School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, LaRoche College and West Chester University, child care health and safety program coordinator for the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and school nurse for The American International School in Vienna Austria prior to becoming the first Bioterrorism Epidemiology Specialist at the Pettis County Health Center in 2002. She became Administrator in 2009. In addition, she served for 25 years in the Army National Guard retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2004.
Service on the Board of the United Way fits with her passion to help create a healthy community for everyone to get an education, have a safe place to live, have the skills to work and support their families and find the support needed to live a healthy life.