Joan was the interim executive director of the International Association for the Study of Pain at the time I was President-Elect of this international multidisciplinary professional society. I was impressed by how quickly she “got up to speed” when she assumed this role. She very effectively oversaw the staff and worked closely with the society leadership to identify and address important issues during this transition period. Her contributions included helping to prepare for and conduct an international Council meeting shortly after she came on board; continuing the strategic planning effort; and moving forward the work of committees, new initiatives, policy development, and use of business plans. She provided a thoughtful, frank, and insightful analysis of the organization, with excellent and very helpful recommendations for future directions regarding governance. She is highly professional, personable, and knowledgeable about organization governance and strategic planning. She was a true pleasure to work with. I recommend her highly and without reservation.