California State Office
Joan is a cadastral surveyor working in the survey examination unit reviewing field surveys and preparing them for final approval.
Joan had taken some surveying classes while majoring in forest and park technology at Reedley College, a small, rural college about 30 miles southeast of Fresno, when her instructor encouraged her to pursue surveying as a profession. She received her associates degree from Reedley and did pursue a bachelor's degree in surveying and photogrammetry at Fresno State. She is a California licensed land surveyor, following in the long and traditional profession of establishing and clarifying boundaries much like famous surveyors such as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
Joan is not new to federal service or the BLM. She has worked for the government since she was 19. Joan worked as a seasonal park aid at Sequoia National Park and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee while attending college. She began her career with BLM as a student trainee in Nome, Alaska. She came to California-BLM as a cadastral surveyor in the state office in 1986 and later worked at the Carson City and Shasta Lake field offices. In 1999, she transferred to the Forest Service in Richfield, Utah where she was a land surveyor until returning to California-BLM in February 2007. Currently, she has over 24 years of federal service.
Joan grew up in Dinuba, California and now lives in Sacramento with her husband, John, their two cats, Lucky and Delilah, and Inyo, their puppy. At home, she likes to putter around the yard and spend time with family and friends. When she does take time off, she likes to travel, especially to the nation's national parks.