Joan E. Sisco

Joan Sisco enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1974. After completing Communications Electronic School in 29 Palms, California in 1975 she was stationed at Marine Corps Base, Quantico Virginia supporting Communication Officers School in the Radio Repair/Maintenance Division until Honorably Discharged in 1977 at the rank of Sergeant. Joan came to Arizona in 1977, she devoted 15 years to property renovation and 10 years to commercial real estate until founding Veterans First, Ltd. a nonprofit organization in 2002. Joan has served as President and CEO of Veterans First since establishing the organization. An organization that stabilizes lives and prevents homelessness among our Women Veterans while providing referrals and resources to all veterans, their families, and caregivers. She is a committed advocate and creates collaborating partnerships and programs to stabilize and enhance the lives of our Veterans and their families. Joan served two terms as a Commissioner on the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services Advisory Commission. Has served on the Arizona Veterans Task Force for Governor Napolitano, Veteran Service Organization Commanders Task Force, City of Phoenix Military Veterans Commission, National Association of State Women Veteran Coordinators, Southwest Asia Veterans Memorial Commission. Currently serving on VA Mental Health Advisory Council, VA Veterans Service Organizations Advisory Council, VA Veteran and Family Advisory Council, Arizona Department of Veterans Service Women Veteran Advisory Council, She serves as a consultant on Women Veterans Issues to Veteran and Community Organizations and speaks on Women’s Veteran issues across our State. She is a Member of the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, AmericanLegion Honor Society of Women Legionnaires, Women Marine Association, Marine Corps League, Military Women Across the Nation, Business Professional Women (BPW) International Association of Women, Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society. Joan was inducted into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Class of 2009.