Joanne Steen MS, NCC

First responder burnoutJoanne Steen, MS, NCC is an experienced resource in grief and loss, with a specialty in military and line-of-duty losses. She is the founder of Grief Solutions, a training company on grief, loss and resilience, and the author of several self-help books on military grief and loss.

A skilled instructor and speaker, Joanne has worked with more than forty diverse organizations. Her clients have included the U.S. Department of Defense, the Canadian Military Forces, and a host of federal, state, corporate and non-profit organizations.

An accomplished writer, Joanne has authored two self-help grief books: We Regret to Inform You: A  Survival Guide for Gold Star Parents (Central Recovery Press, 2019), an authoritative guide for the Gold Star parents of America’s fallen service members. And with Regina Asaro, Joanne coauthored Military Widow: A Survival Guide (Naval Institute Press, 2006) which earned them the Distinguished Authors of the Year Award from the US Naval Institute.

Joanne possesses an insider’s understanding of the military. She has twenty years of  experience as a military instructor, the latter ten in the area of casualty assistance. Joanne is also the Gold Star widow of LT Ken Steen, USN, a Navy pilot who was killed in line of duty. At the time of his death, she was a senior instructor with the Department of the Navy, spending time in the classroom with leaders of the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Marine Corps and NATO allies. In her first career, she spent ten years in engineering with General Motors and Johnson & Johnson.

Joanne holds a BS in engineering from Rutgers University and an MSEd in counseling from Old Dominion University. Joanne and her husband Tom live in Virginia with a couple of rescued dogs and cats.