• Friends of Dana-Farber

    Friends' Board and Bios

    JoAnne Marshall

    JoAnne Marshall was born in Philadelphia and raised in North Carolina. She graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in Speech Pathology and Education, followed by a M.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology and continuing with graduate courses from the University of Virginia.

    Her professional experience between l990 and 2001 encompasses multiple diverse areas including positions as speech and hearing supervisor at the Industrial School for Crippled Children in Boston and preschool speech and language therapist in the Westwood Public Schools, where she instituted a mandatory parent participation program. Her agenda included tutoring and speech therapy at the Charles River Workshop in Needham.

    JoAnne was also the business owner of Gourmet Cuisine, Inc. in Weston, where she developed all phases necessary for the startup of a business and grew this business from gourmet dinners to large-scale events. During this period, she was also office manager at New England Center for Plastic Surgery in Needham, where she handled multifaceted duties. Presently, she is a consultant in doctors' offices to help them establish or reestablish their practice needs.

    Volunteerism plays a large part in JoAnne's life. She is a member of the Event Committee of the Boston Ballet, which oversees the coordination of principal components in major fundraising events. Her connection with Dana-Farber started in 2001 by creating and implementing, with Friends member Connie Lacaillade, the idea of patient gift bags for chemotherapy infusion patients. She has chaired Holiday Decorations and served on the Gala, Great Chefs, and Holiday Hospitality Committees.

    JoAnne has two sons. It is amazing that she has time to participate on a tennis team, play golf, take bridge lessons, read avidly and be recognized as a competent cook.

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