Born in Toppenish WA, Joy's family moved to occupied Palestine 17 miles from Gaza when she was eight, in 1964. She moved back to Oregon at 19 and has been here ever since. She went to Oregon College of Education, now called Western Oregon University. Joy LOVES all food, relaxing and camping by loud babbling rivers, and walking on the ocean shores. She appreciates that Friends of the Children—Portland provides early intervention and offers a solution for the long term. It's not a band aid solution.