In 2017 Joanne and the slate of Democratic candidates won an historic election in Delaware County: Joanne became the first Democrat elected Controller in over 140 years! Upon taking office in 2018, Joanne promised to be an independent voice for Delaware County residents and taxpayers and bring transparency and best practices to the office. Since her election she has made good on her promises. She published financial reports and audits on-line for the public, created a fraud hotline, instituted a Delaware County Unclaimed Property program, and has saved money for the taxpayers by opening opportunities for new accounting firms to obtain audit work.
Her office has won the Government Finance Officers Association’s highest award for financial reporting for the County’s Annual Report for all three years she has served in office. Joanne has transformed the Controller’s Office, turning her job into that of a working manager who has recruited financial professionals and accountants from all across Delaware County. She has encouraged professional development for her staff to enable them to better address the financial needs of the County. Joanne and her staff work with every County department, regarding payroll, accounting, accounts payable, retirement, and audits. She and her colleagues have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars through oversight of contracts and bank accounts, and reorganizing audits.
Joanne also serves on the newly formed Jail Oversight Board, and as Secretary of the Retirement Board, which administers the County’s pension fund. County Council appointed Joanne to represent Delaware County on the Board of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority. In her role as Controller she attends every meeting of County Council, serving as a voice on behalf of taxpayers to support best practices and smart spending.
Joanne brings to her office extensive experience in both the private and public sectors. In 1995, she became a partner in the national law firm Ballard Spahr LLP and is currently special counsel. In 2006 Governor Rendell appointed Joanne to be the Director of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Real Estate, where she was responsible for the handling the leases and real property needed by the Commonwealth’s executive agencies
Joanne has held leadership positions in professional organizations, serving as the Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Real Property Section and as the Chair of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Counselors of Real Estate (CRE), where she currently serves as the Chair of the Legal and Insurance Interest Group. Joanne is a member of the Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Delaware County Bar Associations and is a member of Delaware County Bar Association’s Inn of Court. She is also an active member of the Pennsylvania State Association of County Controllers.
Joanne and her husband, Wade, are 33-year residents of Middletown Township. Their two children attended the Rose Tree Media School District public schools. The family was active in community sports, especially soccer, and Joanne coached both boys and girls intramural and travel teams for almost 15 years. She became a licensed coach and served as a director of the Rose Tree Soccer Club. She also served as a member of the Middletown Parks and Recreation Committee. Joanne received her B.A. from Ursinus College, where she was a member of the school’s nationally ranked field hockey team, and earned her law degree summa cum laude from Delaware Law School of Widener University. Joanne was valedictorian of her law school class, an editor on the Law Review, and member of the Moot Court Honor Society.