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.Jo is currently a student at ICL and will graduate in the spring of 2024.

Press Kit


When Jo was six, she had a dream that one day she would walk barefoot somewhere in Africa. This dream has never left her and hopes to be there in 2023 or 2024. Why is she going? 

Walk with her for a while.  She grew up in the Bronx and lived there until the age of twelve. A fun day in the summer occurred when the firemen would come by and open up the fire hydrants.  All the kids were out and the sounds of laughter and joy were echoing on the street.

Moving to Schenectady, New York with her family was a new adventure.  Living in a private home and having a dog brought smiles to this shy girl's face.

She married and had five children but lost her son Jason at the age of two.

A writer, author, curator, and lover of books.   

She has called herself the reluctant author as this was not a path she expected for her life.


In 2007, she was involved in a serious car accident and suffered a traumatic brain injury.  She lost the ability to read, write, and her peripheral vision, and did not function on a day-to-day basis.

In 2013, an encounter with God began to bring healing to her and she gives all the glory to God.

Every day is a gift and she cannot waste it. 

Her life's journey brought her to this place in time.  

In 2022, she started a nonprofit, In Their Hands. To l learn more about this, go to the tab, In Their Hands.

Yes, the dream! She will visit Africa and build book nooks, libraries, and much more.










Women’s Events


Jo is an inspirational speaker and is excited to speak at any Christian Women’s events, marriage events, women’s groups, MOPS, and schools.


Connect with her for availability.


Sample of Topics:


  1. Jo is available to speak in person or virtually at conferences, book clubs, retreats, and churches. No group is too small.

  2. Jo was injured in an automobile accident in 2007 and suffered from a Traumatic Brain Injury. How an encounter with God in 2012 began the road to healing.

  3. Her son, Jason, died the day before his second birthday. What no one knew was nine months before she had an abortion and believed God punished her by taking her son.

  4. Raising children - MOPS, homeschoolers.

  5. How God takes the extra weight and drains it from us.

  6. How the past does not dictate our future – multiple marriages.

  7. A son that was incarcerated and how God moved in his life. The impact on a family.

  8. Starting a non-profit, In Their Hands, Inc., and working on children’s literacy. 

  9. Are you stuck in the sand?

  10. What we carry in our baggage and how God wants to set us free.

  11. How comparison is the thief of joy.

  12. When we let go, it opens up space to let us grow.

  13. A shoe is just a shoe until someone steps in it.

  14. Do you feel invisible to God?

  15. Who do you see in the mirror?

  16. How God can breathe life into dead dreams.

  17. General Ministry events.

  18. Jo can offer a themed message designed for you.







Coming in 2024.

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Jo is the Research Detective

Connect with Jo to learn more about her training.

Tentative Title: Journey through Time.

Genre - Fiction/Children's Historical Fiction

Release Date - 2024

KT and Winston's Adventures in Time Travel is a middle-grade novel. This is the first in the series.

The story takes you on a rollercoaster ride when the two characters transcend space and time and travel to France in 1825. You will meet twelve-year-old KT Hunter and his British bulldog, Winston. They travel by accident when Winston places his paw on a book and barks, and the gem on his collar opens a portal of swirling books. Unique to this story is when they reach their destination, KT can understand what Winston is saying when he barks. Get ready to hear some laugh-out-loud moments between KT and Winston. They meet Louis Braille and learn how he invented the Braille system when he was a teenager. As they travel with Louis, they will meet his family, visit his school, and learn more about the challenges that impaired and blind people faced at that time. They struggle to understand clues that appear in the book. Is there someone trying to steal the book and prevent KT and Winston from returning to their time? What happens if they never return home and what does KT learn about his past and future? This is the first, in a series of children’s historical fiction books involving KT Hunter and his rescue dog, Winston.


Jo is currently working on how God healed her from a traumatic brain injury. Look for more in 2024.

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