Sadly, this week marked the loss of one of the disaster response world’s strongest leaders and advocates. Joann Hale was one of the most influential, hard-working, and caring people we have ever had the pleasure of working with here at VisionLink.
Joann's love for her community and for her fellow New Yorkers was vast and the many people she helped will feel her loss. Her leadership also transcended state lines with her work in the Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) during Super Storm Sandy and other disasters. Joann was also a major voice in the construction of an online national infrastructure to better coordinate and respond to these disasters.
Her presence will definitely be missed as we remember her legacy. Yet, at the same time, Joann would have wanted us to follow in her path and continue onward in her quest to better respond to people in need.
Everyone here will sorely miss Joann. We keep her family in our prayers as we strive to carry on her great legacy.
The VisionLink Team