Joyce has worked for more than 25 years on behalf of children and families in California, starting with her work with foster youth and foster parents with the CA Community Colleges Foundation in Sacramento in the early 1990s. After that she moved into child care and development, where she found her passion, working first at Child Action in Sacramento in a variety of capacities, including publications development and Community Planning Supervisor. In 2003 she moved to the Amador County Education Office, where she managed the Child Care Planning Council and other projects to bring awareness of the need for child care, for program quality, and to support of teachers and care providers.
In 2011 Joyce moved to the Santa Barbara County Education Office, where she coordinated the Child Care Planning Council and managed several other programs, including those supported by Quality Counts, AB 212, and the Early Care and Education Leadership Project. It was under the auspices of the Leadership project that Joyce first became aware of Learning Stories, after hosting a multiple-day conference, “Administrators to Innovators,” which brought Margie Carter and Deb Curtis to the Central Coast. From that time on she supported the introduction and implementation of Learning Stories in Santa Barbara County in child development programs throughout the region. Joyce was fortunate to have been able to attend the Learning Stories Intensive Tour and Conference in New Zealand in October 2017, and became an even more dedicated champion of Learning Stories as not only an effective assessment vehicle, but an everlasting gift for children, families, and teachers.
Joyce holds a BA in History from California State University at San Francisco, and a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from CSU Sacramento. She retired from her position in Santa Barbara in November 2018 and now lives on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. Her support for SALSA includes serving on the Board of Directors and editing the SALSA newsletter.