Joanne served as vice minister of the region for the past three years, and before that, as regional secretary. She is also a past minister of St. Joseph Fraternity, Utica, NY.
Other newly elected regional officers are:
- Vice Minister Mary Momot, OFS, of St. Patrick Fraternity, Buffalo, NY.
- Treasurer Craig Miller, OFS, of St. Francis Fraternity, Binghamton, NY.
- Secretary Carol Onuffer, OFS, of St. Peter Fraternity, Erie, PA.
- Formation Director Layna Maher, OFS, of St. Thomas More Fraternity, Fonda, NY.
- Eastern Area Councilor Linda Quaranto, OFS, of St. Francis Fraternity, Binghamton, NY.
- Central Area Councilor John Balmer, OFS, of Our Lady of Angels Fraternity, Geneva, NY.
- Western Area Councilor 1: Roderick Quebral, OFS, of St. Thomas More Fraternity, Kenmore-Cheektowaga, NY.
- Western Area Councilor 2: Barbara Quebral, OFS, of St. Thomas More Fraternity, Kenmore-Cheektowaga, NY.
The region, which is composed of 22 local fraternities, encompasses most of upstate New York and a portion of northwestern Pennsylvania. It is one of 29 regions that comprise the Secular Franciscan Order in the United States of America.