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Joanne Carroll named Exec Director

New trans advocacy nonprofit formed

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Well-known trans advocate Joanne Carroll, most recently president of TransCentralPA, has formed her own social justice nonprofit organization. In a news release submitted to The Central Voice, she describes her new venture.

Carroll's background

Joanne M. Carroll is the executive director of Trans Advocacy Pennsylvania; an organization committed to transgender informational related research, public advocacy for transgender and LGBTQ identified persons, providing education to businesses, organizations, hospitals, schools, and churches on gender and sexuality, and direct institutional support of other related transgender or LGBTQ non-profit organizations.

On August 6, 2018, she was appointed by Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Wolf, and was sworn in as a  commissioner on the Pennsylvania LGBTQ Affairs Commission.  Her public service includes serving as a member of the Governor Wolf’s LGBT Working Group, and is an active member of the Millersville University - President’s Commission for Gender and Sexuality.  She is a board member of the York, Pennsylvania Equality Fest.

Carroll is the past president of TransCentralPA.  As the primary voice for TCPA, she was on the road constantly across the Commonwealth speaking to a variety of groups and organizations, she also functions as one of three co-chairs of the internationally known Keystone Conference, which allows members, allies, supporters, spouses, and friends of the world-wide transgender community to come together for an informative, inspirational and joyous experience.  

She is also the past president and Past Vice-President of EqualityPA and served as a member of the PA Medical Society LGBT Health Disparities Task Force, Carroll is currently a member of the Transgender American Veterans Association, and in July 2016, she was a Pennsylvania delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

She was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  Grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, and has lived in Lancaster, PA for nearly 20  years. She has five daughters, and eleven grandchildren. 

In her years of active employment, she served 20 years on Active Duty in the United States Air Force, retiring as a Master Sergeant (E-7). Following her military career, she worked for over 18 years in the hospitality industry, starting as a hotel night auditor and worked her way up to general manager.

Carroll attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, Midwestern State University, in Wichita Falls, Texas, and the Community College of the Air Force at Randolph AFB, in San Antonio, Texas.  She majored in Political Science, with a split minor of Business and Accounting. 

She also served as a member of the Penn Central United Church of Christ - Open and Affirming Ministry Team.  She is a Past Vice-President of the Leadership Team of First Reformed United Church of Christ in Lancaster.  Recommended as a candidate, she is seeking the opportunity to become a minister in the United Church of Christ.

Public service has always been a major part of her life, and in other parts of the U. S., has served on tourism and hotel/motel association boards, and was at one time the president elect and vice chairman of her local Chamber of Commerce

Carroll is a rated Air Force Master Instructor and is a Vietnam era veteran.  She received many awards and decorations during her military career that included; Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm, Vietnam Campaign Medal.

During the Vietnam War, she served as an Air Commando (now known as Special Operations) and was actively involved in counter-insurgency and other missions in Southeast Asia.