Joann retired from many years of clinical practice in New York, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin spanning staff nursing, intensive care nursing, to supervising and operating a 25 bed post-operative recovery room in New York City and culminated as clinical faculty at the UW-Madison School of Nursing. Her tenure as an administrator began in Minnesota as a curriculum development specialist in Minnesota and continued in Wisconsin as a research specialist, program manager and finally as an Assistant Dean and Director of Multicultural Affairs Program in Pharmacy at the UW-Madison.

After retirement, Joann continued to be involved in educational pursuits as a senior student services manager for Chancellor’s and Powers Knapp Scholars, guest lecturing, mentoring and a host of other education related activities. She continues to be engaged in civic endeavors that positively impact youth, women, and families, and is a founding Board Member of the Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness. Dr. Pritchett can be found presenting and sharing her knowledge and wisdom in education, health, wellness, sustainability, and community empowerment in neighborhoods and organizations across the Greater Madison community as she mentors and develops the capacity of others to thrive. Her work has gained her many well-deserved honors and recognition ranging from the University of Wisconsin System Women of Color Award, the UW-Madison Chancellor’s Award, the YWCA Women of Distinction Leadership Award, The Dr. Brenda Pfaehler Award of Excellence and many more.

More recently, Joann has worked with the Grace Episcopal Church as they grapple with and address racism which spawned a workshop series: When the Diagnosis is Racism. Her spare time is spent designing and building fancy birdhouses, Nordic walking, developing educational boardgames, jigsaw puzzling, cooking and spoiling her rescued Havanese canine “Murphy” and other activities designed to keep her out of trouble.
Joann holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Tuskegee University, a Master of Science degree from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. in Education Policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.