Joanne Steen, MS, NCC is an experienced resource in grief and loss, with a specialty in military and line-of-duty losses. A skilled instructor and speaker, Joanne’s audience outreach totals more than 10,000. With twenty years in the grief and loss field, she has worked with more than forty diverse organizations in the corporate, government and non-profit sectors.
An accomplished writer, Joanne has authored two self-help grief books. With Regina Asaro, she 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. For this work, Old Dominion University named her an Alumni Fellow for her contributions to the counseling field in military grief and loss. Joanne has recently authored Military Parents: We Regret To Inform You (Forthcoming), a first-of-its-kind book on grief for the parents of America’s fallen service members. She is also a contributing author to other books on military loss.
Prior to the loss of her first husband in the line of duty, Joanne was a senior instructor with the Department of the Navy, spending time in the classroom with leaders of the US Navy, the US Marine Corps and NATO allies. In her first career, she spent ten years in engineering with Johnson & Johnson and General Motors.
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.