Joanne was ordained a deacon in 2013. She has been active in the healing ministry and was a member of the Diocesan committee that designed the healing ministry protocol. She has also been a hospital and cancer center chaplain. For many years, she has been an advocate for community participation in refugee resettlement.
Now, as associate deacon at St Peter’s, she and Deacon Tom Tripp coordinate a refugee ministry with Journey’s End Refugee Services (JERS) and the ecumenical partnerships that help refugees resettle in Buffalo. She and Tom have established a school and home support/tutoring program, LEAF, as a model for churches who wish to work with an individual refugee family with children in the Buffalo Public Schools. She created the Friendship-Partnership Bazaar, selling handmade craft items to raise money for St Peter’s refugee ministry.
Joanne is a social gerontologist, a former social worker, and a professor of political science. She and her husband, retired Anthropology Professor Charles Frake live in Williamsville with their rescue mini poodle, Addie Mae. They have six adult children and nine grandchildren.