Jo was born in Dubbo NSW, her cultural heritage is Wayilwan on her mother’s side. Early years of her life were principally spent in Warren, with final 2 years of schooling attending Dubbo High School while boarding at a hostel for girls. Graduating Year 10 in 1968, Jo moved to Sydney for employment in office administrative work.
Jo is married with 3 grown children and 6 grandchildren, 2 of which are fostered and has been a resident of the St George area for close on 50 years. She has been on a number committees including the AECG and Georges River Council’s Aboriginal Reference Group.
In 1989 Jo successfully gained an Associate Diploma in Social Welfare. She has worked in various welfare/education related positions with a focus on furthering life opportunities for Aboriginal youth. While working for Aboriginal Hostels Limited, Jo learnt of the remarkable history and dedication of the Aboriginal Children’s Advancement Society in improving educational outcomes for young Aboriginal people. Upon retirement, after 13 years with AHL and a short time with Kurranulla Aboriginal Corporation, Jo decided to join ACAS, ultimately becoming a Board member.