About Joan

One of the most unique backgrounds  . . . in the HR sector

That statement was made by Bill Boorman, a recruiter from London, England.

Armed with my Bachelor’s (with honor) degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University,  I began my professional life as a uniformed police officer in suburban Detroit.  Police officers necessarily acquire a lot of skills: negotiation, attention to details, multi-tasking, setting priorities, and complex problem solving.

Deciding that I could put those skills to better use, I left police work to attend law school (Detroit College of Law), hearing that it was the best business degree I could get. Law school and I were made for each other; I graduated first in my class.

The practice of law wasn’t made for me, though, and I quickly abandoned legal practice to become a law professor.  Specializing in commercial law (the buying and selling of goods in the marketplace), I made academics my professional home for several years.

When my teaching contract expired, I jumped at an opportunity to become a manager at the meat processing facility co-owned by my husband.  There was no human resources function at all when I started, so I decided to create one.  I learned and studied and learned more, ultimately becoming a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).  With HR, I feel I have truly found my calling.  As an old high school friend said when we connected after many, many years:

You are a natural HR professional.  You come alive talking and working with people.

Communication and honesty are vital to the proper practice of the HR profession, and this blog is part of my commitment to those ideals.  Join me – and we can learn from each other.

5 thoughts on “About Joan”

  1. Congratulations! You are nothing less than impressive!
    I plan to attend HRU regularly, however am somewhat prone to cut class from time to time.

    Good Luck

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