Joyce Johnson leads the RSB team as its Executive Director. She has more than 30 years’ experience managing organizational change and growth in the role of Executive Director for Indiana non-profit organizations. In 2011 she was drawn to Rock Steady Boxing because of the hope offered to those struggling with Parkinson’s disease.
Joyce’s mother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in the 90’s and lived many years with the challenges and embarrassment of tremors, balance and swallowing problems. Her mom was truly “trapped in her body” as it stole her life and all the things she loved to do. Joyce was a primary care giver during this time, and that’s why she’s grateful every day that Rock Steady Boxing is here to offer hope, camaraderie and a great exercise program to those battling Parkinson’s.
As Joyce says, “The courage and determination of the people in our gym who are ‘fighting back’ provides daily inspiration and the motivation make this program available to people around the world.”