Jo-Anne is a long-time social activist who spent 20 years as a frontline shelter staff member working directly with women who have experienced abuse. Jo-Anne developed an interest in policy development and board governance while serving as a board member on the Moose Jaw Thunder Creek District and Five Hills Health Region Boards for a total of 14 years. During that time Five Hills Health Region became the first region in the province to develop a Domestic Violence Protocol. Since December 2014, Jo-Anne has been Executive Director of the Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan (PATHS), the member association for women's shelters, second stage shelters and counseling services in Saskatchewan. She served as a panel member of Saskatchewan’s pilot Domestic Violence Death Review in 2016/17. She is member of the Advisory Council for Women’s Shelters Canada and is often consulted by the media on issues related to violence against women.