Joy H. Selak 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 to help others build a meaningul life that
contains long term illness.
to becoming ill, Joy earned her Ph.D. in Language Arts Curriculum in Instruction from Arizona State University and taught
in the English Department for seven years. She served regionally as a language arts curriculum specialist and published numerous
articles on writing and literature. The Arizona State Department of Education cited her for her Outstanding Contribution to
In 1981, she left education to become
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.