Joy began her initial education in GIS as a student at Oregon State University (OSU) in the Department of Geography. After leaving Oregon, with a Bachelor of Science degree, her career took her to Arizona, Vermont and finally Washington where she had the pleasure of working with some of the early adopters of GIS. With 32 years of experience in the state and private sector, she has garnered a number of awards in environmental data management and coordination including: Washington Governing for Results Award; Efficiency in State Government Award; and ESRI Special Achievement in GIS Award. Presently, she works for the Washington State Chief Information Officer, serves as the chair of the Washington Geographic Information Technology Committee, and staffs the Washington Geographic Information Council. She first became a NSGIC member in 2002 and has been continuously active since 2007. She is a member of the Conference, Outreach, and Communications Committees.