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.
to becoming ill, Joy earned two masters and a doctorate in English Literature, Secondary Education and Language Arts 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 published numerous articles on writing and literature. The Arizona
State Department of Education cited her for her Outstanding Contribution to Education.
In 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
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.