Joya was born and raised in the beautiful Roanoke Valley before moving to Michigan when she was in the 5th grade. She returned to Virginia 20 years ago and she currently lives with her two children and three toy poodles. She attributes her compassionate, nurturing and helpful demeanor to all the time she spent with her grandmother throughout her life. Joya spent over 15 years working side by side with families and children in her in-home daycare. While working and raising her family, she completed a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences from Oregon State University and she also has her Master of Social Work degree from Boston University. Joya has gained invaluable experience working as a case manager at a homeless shelter, and found her passion for working with people with mental health and substance use disorders while interning at a men’s residential substance abuse treatment facility. Her positive nature and use of a strengths based approach help her instill hope and motivation in the people with whom she works. She considers herself a lifelong student and finds great fulfillment in continuing education. In her free time she enjoys going on walks, spending time with her children, gardening, lifting weights, going to concerts, and watching hockey.