Hailing from a family of nurses, Joan has always had a passion for helping those who need it the most. She is a 1979 graduate of Mesa Community College and went on to become a critical care registered flight nurse. While on the job, Joan realized the need for remote medical care after assisting an 8-year-old boy who was suffering from life threatening injuries in a remote desert area. Today, her company is credited with establishing the world’s first global emergency response center. Joan has been recognized for her entrepreneurial drive, innovation, and impact on an entire industry by the Flight Safety Foundation’s Business Aviation Meritorious Service Award, Ernest & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Arizona State University, National Business Aviation Association Meritorious Award Winner, and International Aviation Women’s Association Aviation Industry Woman of Excellence Award. In 2020, she was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame and recognized for pioneering aeromedicine around the world.