Joy M. Newcom has been a professional communicator for more than two decades. Most recently, she was director of brand discovery and launch for Waldorf College during a time of dramatic transition for the institution.
Joy taught public relations courses at Waldorf College in Forest City for 17 years. Prior to her association with Waldorf, she was manager of communications for the League of Iowa Municipalities (now Iowa League of Cities) located in Des Moines, Iowa. She served as editor of employee publications and public relations coordinator for Color Tile, Inc., and was a proofreader/editor for Type Case, Inc.
Joy has won various state, regional and national awards for both her print and video work from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and other communications organizations. She is a past president of IABC’s Iowa chapter and has also earned national recognition for her communication skills from the American Society of Association Executives.
She recently concluded serving as the chair of The Lutheran Advisory Committee, a national advisory group for the magazine of the ELCA, and speaks to groups – educational and medical – as an advocate for parents of children with disabilities. Joy also serves on the boards of the Spina Bifida Association of Iowa and Iowa Guardianship in addition to serving in an advisory role for two regional organizations that administer waiver services to persons with disabilities in the state of Iowa. Her memoir Involuntary Joy was released in July 2007. The book, described as candid and compelling, chronicles her first five years as the mother of a child born with physical and intellectual disabilities.
Joy received a bachelor of arts in journalism from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, and her master of arts in teaching from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.