JoAnn Stevelos, MPH, has worked to improve the health and wellbeing of children, adolescents, and families for more than 20 years, currently as a consultant with JSC, LLC, a nonprofit management service specializing in public health, animal ethics, and food justice issues. She was previously the director the evaluation, research, and monitoring of the childhood obesity prevention efforts at the Clinton Foundation’s Alliance for a Healthier Generation (AHG) and lead evaluator for First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move program. Before her tenure at AHG, she was the Director of the New York State Center for the Prevention of Early Childhood Obesity. She has managed all aspects of programs in the fields of public health, health science research, community development, English as a second language, and youth initiatives.
JoAnn's writing explores themes of compassion, hope in the aftermath of estrangement, vulnerability, complex family relationships, and sexual and emotional abuse.
Her story, Second, You Are Really Nigerian, was published in Arts and Understanding Literary Magazine and received an Honorable Mention Award from Glimmer Train and the Hudson Valley Writer’s Guild. Her essay, A Voice of My Own, was published in The Writer. Her next publishing project will be a novel, Howard Be Thy Name, which seeks to demonstrate that there are many victims of the sex abuse scandal that continues to plague the Catholic Church.