Joanie, a fourth generation Japanese-American, was born and raised in Seattle. She attended the University of Washington and worked at the Seattle Times for many years. In 2001, she stepped into church at Quest and eventually came to the revelation of Jesus and was baptized at Quest. After volunteering for a couple years, she officially joined the staff in 2004. Along with her duties at Quest, she works as a freelance photographer and is an avid fan of Bon Jovi.