A teenage transplant to the Bay Area, Joanne was born in Manila, Philippines. Aside from English, she is also a fluent speaker and writer in Filipino (Tagalog). She worked in the healthcare industry for 16 years as an educator, practitioner, sales, and liaison before transitioning to the insurance and financial planning industry. The length of time she had spent in the healthcare field gave her the necessary aptitude to transition to the world of insurance and financial planning. To Joanne, emotions and attitudes are parallel when dealing with wealth – may it be financial or health. She was initially a supporting factor when Brian had his vision for the agency, but as a married couple with the same goal, Brian’s idealistic vision coupled with Joanne’s realistic views, BNJA came to fruition.
Joanne is an avid sports enthusiast (Go Niners and Warriors!!); a fitness fanatic, globetrotter, lifelong learner, and philanthropist. She is truly a “Joanne of all trades,” but most importantly, she is a wife, and a mother, and loves nothing more than spending time with her family.