Joanne Marie Herber

Honored by:Gerald Herber
Brick location:F:18  map

Personal: Born: May 12, 1937, Washington DC, nee Joanne Marie Draxlir

Married: June 10, 1961 to Gerald M. Herber

Children: Elizabeth born August 23, 1962; Gregory born July 31, 1965

Education: Burlington (IA) Junior College, 1955-56; Iowa State 1956-59; B. Sci. in General Science 1959; University of Washington MBA in Accounting and Finance, 1973

Professional: Secondary school teacher Sioux City, Iowa -- High school English and German -- 1959-61; Ames, Iowa -- Junior high English and Social Studies -- 1961-62

USWEST Communications, 1973-90:
Initial assignment: Management Development Program, a one-year, fast-track development program designed to groom participants for mid-level management positions. One of the first women to be assigned to "non-traditional" Plant Department position in Seattle, WA, supervising all-male crew of telephone installation technicians. After successful completion of provisional year, was subsequently promoted to second-level manager and transferred to Spokane, WA. As Plant Service Center manager, had responsibility for supervision of all telephone plant records and support services for eastern third of state. Promoted to third-level manager in 1978, transferred back to Seattle area to a position with responsibility for corporate capital budget development and analysis. Other positions followed in the expense budgeting and accounting areas. Final position was as Director of Accounting, with responsibility for special revenue accounting functions for the entire company, supervising personnel in Omaha, Denver, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, and Seattle. Early retirement in February 1990.

Balance Dynamics, Inc. 1990-present:
Majority owner and chief financial officer of a small business that specializes in industrial dynamic balancing of rotating equipment.

Volunteer and Community Service:
League of Women Voters
-President of Renton, WA chapter 1969-70. Initiated and directed study that resulted in city government reorganization.

American Association of University Women (AAUW):
-Charter member Renton, WA branch.
-State Program Vice President, 1986-89.
-State President, 1991-95.
-Association (national) Committee Member, 1989-93.
-Regional Director beginning in July 1995.
-AAUW is a national organization of university graduates. Its mission is education and equity for women and girls. AAUW has over 3000 members in the state.
-Initiated AAUW sponsorship of Expanding Your Horizons conferences in the state in 1982. These conferences are designed to provide young women with information and activities about careers in science, math and technology. The number of conferences in the state has grown to more than fifteen annually serving over 5000 young women each year.
-As state president, successfully led political action that resulted in the State Legislature passing a bill in the 1994 session that prohibits sexual harassment in Washington public schools.

Eastside Domestic Violence Program:
-Board member 1994, serving on Finance, Planning and Evaluation Committees
-First Vice President and President-elect, 1995.
-A United Way agency, Eastside Domestic Violence Program operates a confidential shelter for victims of domestic abuse and their children. In addition, it offers crisis line counseling and legal advocacy services. Its annual budget is in excess of $1 million.

Rural Girls in Science Program:
-Advisory committee member, 1994-95.
-This is a program funded by the National Science Foundation that provides a math/science summer camp and follow-up activities for teen-age girls living in rural areas in the state of Washington. It has a special emphasis on minority and at-risk girls.

Institute of Management Accounts:
Member since 1989.