By Ellen Saterlie
Joanne Goldsmith has dedicated much of her life to upholding First Amendment Rights, i.e. the separation of church and state, particularly in the public schools. She served as a member of the Maryland State Board of Education for ten years, where she was a watchdog of clear delineation of the funding sources for education in the state.
She also was diligent in her work to assure the highest standards for the education of children in Maryland. Joanne served as President of the National Association of State Boards of Education. Joanne extended her efforts to assure appropriate school funding when she served as Executive Director of the national organization, PEARL – Public Education and Religious Liberty.
Joanne and her husband, David, who is now deceased, had three children, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.They lived in District Heights, Prince Georges County, Maryland. Joanne and David later moved to Owings Mills before Joanne moved to Broadmead. Joanne was born in Wilmington, DE, and grew up in Washington, D.C. She graduated from Eastern Senior High School in D.C. and from the University of Maryland, where she majored in History. Much of Joanne's early career was spent in community relations and politics in Prince Georges County. She served as Assistant Director of Community Relations for the county government, and C.R. Director for the John Hanson Savings Bank and the Doctors Community Hospital. She was a member of the Prince Georges County Board of Education for four years.
Joanne likes to read and to volunteer.