JoAnn is a native of Albany, Minnesota. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota-Morris in 1989. Prior to attending law school, JoAnn also received a Master’s degree in Constitutional and Legal History from the University of Minnesota in 1992. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1996. JoAnn is a certified Family Law mediator. In her spare time, JoAnn is active in various community organizations including Rotary, Legal Aid, and Girl Scouts with her daughters. JoAnn is an avid gardener, a University of Minnesota Master Gardner, and an active member of the Stearns County Master Gardeners.