Jo is descended from Valentine the Immigrant (Ann Calvert), Valentine (Elizabeth Heald), James (Mary Harvey), Abner (Phoebe Hall), James (Mary Hoopes), Abner (Mary Elizabeth Springer), Everett B. (Mary Elizabeth Wilson), Everett Levi (Bertha Pierce), and Henry Levi (Dorothy Paterson). She was born in Delaware, but currently lives in Fostoria, Ohio. She studied at the University of Michigan, Bowling Green State University and Case Western Reserve University, receiving her doctorate in French Language and Literature. After several years in the business world, she joined Filmtec, Inc., originally founded by her father Henry, and returned to BGSU for her M.B.A. Filmtec is an original equipment manufacturer of spooling equipment for the wire industry. Jo manages the purchasing and accounting functions while her brother John handles sales and engineering. She recently was elected to the Fostoria Board of Education, and is trying to become fluent in NCLB and AYP. As president of DVHSS, her goals are to increase the membership, promote research into the family history, maintain the current programs, but also develop new ones as they become available. Her personal interest is the early Irish/English genealogy.