Joanne Miller

I was at a point in my life that I again wanted to be more involved in the community. When I was approached to join the Women’s Philanthropy Council, I was excited to do so. It became an opportunity to work with Husson University and its students. Being involved in the opportunity to foster the education of our young people with financial help when needed is a meaningful and worthwhile responsibility. Women need to become more involved in philanthropy and leadership roles.

My father graduated from the Maine School of Commerce and my uncle was a trustee at Husson College. My husband and I had become involved with Husson when we set up our endowed scholarship. My grandfather graduated from Husson College in nursing. I have always felt that Husson was an important and vital part of our community.

I was an educator in the Bangor School System for almost 30 years. I taught 6th grade, and Bangor High students. I wrote a family life curriculum and a health curriculum from grade K to 12 with the help of a community based committee for the Bangor School Department. At the high school I taught health to all freshmen and worked with students involved with substance abuse. I started a peer education group to deal with many of these problems. As an educator, my students were my number one concern. There were critical years and they needed people who cared about them and their futures. Mentoring students is a huge responsibility, but one that can be extremely rewarding.

I was born and grew up in Bangor, Maine. I am now a widow with three children, six step-children, ten grandchildren, and one great grandchild. My summers as a child were spent in a small village called Bayside, Maine on the coast. I love to garden, read, travel, and play bridge. I spend three and a half months of the winter in Naples, Florida. I enjoy volunteering, especially at the Phillip Strickland Houses, and several other community organizations. The Women’s Philanthropy Council is just another avenue of volunteering. I have enjoyed it very much.