Name: JoAnna

Department: Day Training & Habilitation

Job Title: DT&H Manager

Started at Winona ORC: August 21, 2002

What’s the best thing to happen to you since you started working at Winona ORC? Being able to build so many meaningful relations that have impacted my life forever.

Tell me about some of the people you’ve met at Winona ORC: I can’t just name a few. There are so many employees and staff with amazing dedication to this organization.

What is your favorite thing about working at Winona ORC? All the individuals I get to work alongside of. To watch people thrive, accomplish and be a part of the community is pretty great!

What do you wish other people knew about Winona ORC? All of the services we offer in the community and in our building. I have given many tours over the years and at the end of them, I always have someone say, “Wow, I had no idea all of this happens here!”

What do you think will change about Winona ORC over the next five years? It’s hard to say what will change in the next five years, especially at the Federal/State level. We can only take one day at a time and be hopeful that services will only continue to improve along the way.

What do you do when you aren’t at Winona ORC? When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I am an avid MN Vikings fan and enjoy spending time with my dog, Dozer, in my flower beds, and relaxing by my Koi fish pond in the summer.

What is your first memory of Winona ORC? On my first day I was taken to Lourdes Hall (Winona State) where I was training to support individuals in their direct hire positions. I absolutely loved that job! After about six months, the individuals I was supporting didn’t need my assistance any longer as they were independent. I got to move on to another site that needed support. It was a great feeling and I look back on it often.

Why do you support Winona ORC? I support Winona ORC because I believe in our mission and vision.