Joyce E. Severson

Joyce began her nonprofit career in 1973 with the American Cancer Society, holding positions from Executive Director to Division Director of Business Operations. She joined the American Heart Association as Executive Director for Riverside County in 1985 and rose to Senior Vice President in charge of Southern California.In 1994, she became Director of Planned Giving for Southern California and Utah. Upon retiring from the American Heart Association in 2006, she joined Financial Empowerment and Estate Literacy, Inc. as Senior Vice President.

Joyce attended Indiana University, the University of Arizona, and is a graduate of the Planned Giving Institute of William and Mary and the Charles Schultz Comprehensive Planned Giving Program.

A lover of the outdoors, Joyce completed full marathons in Las Vegas and Kona and numerous half marathons. An avid walker, she is equally at home on the hiking path or the golf course.

Membership and volunteer positions have included Director of the Public Health Nursing Association of Marion County, Indiana, member of the Orange County Planned Giving Round Table and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and graduate of the Community Emergency Response Team for the cities of Anaheim and Villa Park. Joyce is currently a volunteer at Congregation Beth Shalom Synagogue and the California Institute for Women in Corona.

Joyce and her husband of 55 years, David, and are the proud parents of Frank, David, and Teresa and grandparents of Paul, Rachel, and Trevor.



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