SGMH Alumnae Jo Anne Disney Joins Our Family
Recently, Jo Anne joined the Mid Valley News as an Assistant Editor and Feature Writer.
Jo Anne is an alumna of San Gabriel Mission High School. Upon graduation from Cal-State, Los Angeles, Jo Anne secured a position as Administrative Operations Analyst with the university and remained there for 29 years.
During that time, Jo Anne served as Chapter President for the California State Employees Association for 10 years as well as the Newsletter Editor for “CSEA Open Form.” She also served on numerous campus committees, including the appointment to the Strategic Planning Committee by the University President, James Rosser.
Upon her early retirement from Cal-State Los Angeles, she became a caregiver for her mother. During this time Jo Anne has also pursued a freelance writing career. She has been a contributing writer to various publications including, Temple City Life, The University Employee, The Tidings, and the Wyvernwood Chronicle. She has worked for local newspapers, the most recent was the San Gabriel Valley Weekly. There she held the position of Calendar Editor and Feature Writer for two years.
Currently, besides working at the Mid Valley News, Jo Anne works part-time at San Gabriel Mission High School as an Alumni Relations Assistant. The responsibilities for this position includes writing press releases, serving as the advisor to the students that have become Writing Interns for the Mid Valley News, as well tutoring English. In addition, she writes a monthly events calendar for St. Luke Italian Catholic Federation Branch #326 that appears in the Bollettino, the Italian Catholic Federation Newspaper based in Northern California.
Jo Anne’s love for writing came during her sophomore year at SGMHS. Now she hopes to foster and discover budding writers as she tutors fellow Lady Pioneers.
When she is not working, Jo Anne loves to visit Disneyland. She enjoys writing, walks along the beach at Morro Bay, and college football games. Jo Anne is a long-time resident of Temple City and attends St. Luke Catholic Church.