Joy H. Selak, PhD has lived with chronic autoimmune, musculoskeletal and neurological conditions
since the 1990’s. She and her physcician, Dr. Steve Overman, co-authored the book You
Don't LOOK Sick! Living Well with Invisible Chronic Illness using their shared experience as a means to help
other patients build meaningul lives that contains long term illness.
Prior to becoming ill, Joy earned two Master's degrees in Secondary Education and English Literature and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University where she taught in the
English Department for seven years. She also served regionally as a Language Arts Curriculum Specialist and had numerous articles
on writing and literature published in academic journals. In 1980 the Arizona State Department of Education awarded her a
citation for her Outstanding Contribution to Education.
1981, she entered her second career as a financial consultant, rising to the position of Vice President, Investments with
Smith Barney in 1987. She taught portfolio management at California Lutheran University and Skagit Valley College and was
a speaker to professional colleagues and community groups about building client relationships and investment strategies.
In the 1990's, while living
on San Juan Island in Washington State, Joy performed in the San Juan Community Theatre and was chair of the San Juan Island
Community Foundation, working to build endowment and meet community needs.