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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 to help others build a meaningul life that contains long term illness. 
 
Prior to becoming ill, Joy earned her two masters and her doctorate in English Literature, Education and Language Arts Curriculum in 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 published numerous articles on writing and literature. The Arizona State Department of Education cited her for her Outstanding Contribution to Education.
 
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. 

In Austin, Joy is the Development and Communications Director for MINDPOP, an organization working to expand creative learning and the arts in schools and was a founder of A Legacy of Giving, a non-profit that teaches students to become philanthropists through their school curriculumShe was board President of ZACH Theatre, Austin's premier professional theater and also serves on the board of the Interstitial Cystitis Association in Washington, DC. 

In addition to speaking at patient advocacy conferences nationwide, Joy has been a guest on radio and television programs and on webcasts. She has been a speaker to schools and conferences about the craft of writing and youth philanthropy and has been a columnist for the National Pain Report. She has expertise in organizational leadership, strategic analysis, implementation and transition. 

 
Joy is married and her very blended family includes six grown children and ten grandchildren, so far.     

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 Joy is available to consult and present on living with illness, the craft of writing, arts and philanthropy.
Contact her at: Joy@joywrites.com