Joanne is a Certified Nurse Midwife (UCSF 2004) with a Bachelor's in International Development Studies (Brown University 1998). In 2006 Joanne was volunteering as a midwife in the public maternity hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi when she learned that healthy babies whose mothers die following childbirth usually deteriorate and die within weeks themselves. Her work started with one baby named Gabriel, whose mother died from postpartum hemorrhage and gradually grew. In 2008 she founded two sister nonprofits (African Mothers Health Initiative in the US, and Joyful Motherhood in Malawi) to support orphaned infants like Gabriel, as well as twins, triplets, and premature babies, who also face exceptional odds during their first years of life. Eventually the breadth of the work expaned to include postpartum women. In Malawi the women who survive catastrophic birth experiences far outnumber those who die and often the survivors suffer from lingering effects of their birth experiences which impact their physical, social, and emotional well-being. To date AMHI and JM have cared for over 1,000 infants and over 400 women. Joanne is married to a Malawian and they have three wonderful boys.