Joyce is the former, longtime executive director of the Phoenix nonprofit Raising Special Kids, where she was responsible for statewide program development, public policy advocacy, financial management and revenue generation. She has received five gubernatorial appointments to state policymaking boards and councils, most recently as a member of the ABLE Oversight Committee, Arizona’s tax-advantaged savings program for people with disabilities. Her extensive experience is an asset to First Place. Her son Matt is also a recent graduate of the First Place Transition Academy.
Joyce earned a bachelor’s degree from Creighton University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of West Florida. She completed certification in nonprofit board education and consultant training with the Nonprofit Lifecycles Institute. In 2017, the Organization of Nonprofit Executives recognized Joyce as a Leader of Distinction.